Salvador Ramirez, an agronomy doctoral candidate in soil and water sciences, was honored with a Holling Family Teaching Assistant Teaching Excellence Award March 11 at the Nebraska East Union. The award was one of 10 Holling Family Awards for Teaching Excellence given to Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources senior faculty, junior faculty and teaching assistants this year.
A major undertaking began in 2018 as the Agronomy and Horticulture Curriculum Committee worked to consolidate three of the department’s degree programs — agronomy, horticulture and turfgrass & landscape management.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln intercollegiate Crops Judging Team finished the season on top and now looks ahead to fall competitions. The spring contests helped prepare students for the NACTA Judging Conference that was scheduled for April 1 – 4 at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. However, the competition was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Casey Lundberg, office supervisor in agronomy and horticulture, and Tai Pleasant, recruiter for agronomy and horticulture, are members of the inaugural University of Nebraska–Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Staff Council.
Nebraska On-Farm Research Network publishes results of 2019 farmer-conducted research online
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Farmers across Nebraska participated in more than 100 research studies in 2019 as part of Nebraska Extension’s On-Farm Research Network. Results from the 2019 studies, as well as from studies from previous years, are now available online.
Amit Jhala, University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor of agronomy and horticulture and Nebraska Extension weed management specialist, was honored with the Early Career Outstanding Extension Leadership Award from Nebraska’s Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi.
Mint: New crop for the Panhandle?
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Mint is not grown commercially in Nebraska on a large scale yet – there are less than 500 acres – but a project at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff is aimed at providing answers about whether farmers could grow it here and which varieties might grow best.
After he became the manager of his family farm, Carlos Martinez of El Salvador wanted to learn more about agronomy, so he researched online for educational opportunities and classes. He found the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Agronomy and Horticulture Online and Distance Education program and decided to start with a noncredit course in plant science taught by Don Lee, professor of agronomy and horticulture. Martinez, ended up earning a Master of Science in agronomy, specializing in crop physiology and production from Nebraska.