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Foltz named candidate for Senior CLASS Award list Monday, October 31, 2016
Sam Foltz
Sam Foltz was recently announced as an honorary member of the 2016 Senior CLASS Award list in collegiate football. Foltz, who died in a car accident this July, is the first-ever honorary nominee. He was nominated for his notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.

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Jhala honored with Distinguished Achievement Young Weed Scientist Award Monday, October 31, 2016
Amit Jhala

Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Management Specialist Amit Jhala has been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Young Weed Scientist Award from the North Central Weed Science Society of America. This award recognizes outstanding contributions made by young weed scientist in research and/or extension in the north central. 

Full story at Nebraska Extension


Soil judging team takes third Wednesday, October 26, 2016
UNL soil judging team
Rodger Farr, Kolby Grint and Samantha Teten, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy majors and members of the soil judging team, along with 14 other team members from the School of Natural Resources, placed third overall in the 2016 Region V Soil Judging Contest held Oct. 9-14. This qualifies the team to represent the region in the National Soil Judging Competition to be held April 2017 in DeKalb, Illinois.

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Using sensors to spoon-feed crops with extreme precision Friday, October 21, 2016
From NET in Nebraska, Ariana Brocious of Harvest Public Media reports on new technologies farmers are using to reduce contamination from their fields. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Professor Richard Ferguson wants to reduce the chance that excess nitrogen will get into the groundwater. His high-tech approach, called Project SENSE, uses sensor technology to help farmers fertilize during the growing season as timely and precisely as possible.

Using sensors to spoon-feed crops with extreme precision


Gaussoin appointed to national USDA advisory board Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Roch Gaussoin
Roch Gaussoin, head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has been appointed to the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Gaussoin will be filling a three-year term for Category G: National Crop, Soil, Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science Societies.

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Backyard Farmer Garden takes honorable mention in landscape design contest Monday, October 17, 2016
Backyard Farmer Garden, University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus
Winners of the fifth annual All-America Selections Landscape Design Contest for Display Gardens was announced Oct. 12. Earning honorable mention for “Best Use of a YouTube Video,” was the Backyard Farmer Garden at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Horticulture major one of six HortScholars in the nation Tuesday, October 11, 2016
University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture major, Jaclyn Nelson, was chosen for the AmericanHort HortScholars program this year. One of six students in the nation, Nelson spent seven days on-site at Cultivate‘16 this summer in Columbus, Ohio. This is the horticulture industry's largest, all-industry event in North America which takes place annually.

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Researchers from wide range of disciplines advance plant genetics Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Melinda Yerka holds a wide variety of sorghum panicles collected from her research field
University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty from a wide range of disciples are working together to advance the field of plant genetics, specifically with sorghum. This was evidenced this past summer by interactions among faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students working with Melinda Yerka, agronomy research assistant professor and plant geneticist, to collect data from a field of grain sorghum varieties at the Agricultural Research & Development Center near Mead, Nebraska.

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UNL offers course all about wine Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Paul Read
For most, wine is complicated — so much so a class was created to help students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln better understand it. Horticulture 471: Vines, Wine and You teaches students anything and everything they would ever need to know about viticulture, enology and the consumption of wine. The class is being taught by Paul Read, a UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture and a viticulturist, someone who studies or grows grapes.

Full story at The Daily Nebraskan


Twenty department faculty and staff honored for their service Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln honored 895 faculty and staff for their years of service. The annual Service Awards are presented to university employees who complete years of service in five-year intervals. Employees who have worked 40-plus years at the university were recognized during Chancellor Ronnie Green’s first State of the University address on Sept. 22 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

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