UNL launches hemp research Monday, November 7, 2016
Professor Ismail Dweikat University of Nebraska

After months of paperwork and navigating bureaucratic red tape, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have planted their first crop of legal hemp. About 150 plants with the distinctive frond leaf, previously relegated to roadside ditches, are nestled in warm and slightly humid greenhouses on UNL's East Campus.

Full story at Lincoln Journal Star

Kumar awarded Henry M. Beachell Fellowship Monday, November 7, 2016
Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju
Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju, an agronomy graduate student specializing in plant breeding and genetics, was awarded the distinguished Henry M. Beachell Fellowship. Kumar’s current research involves utilizing induced epigenetic variation in plant breeding and he is advised by Sally Mackenzie, Ralph and Alice Raikes Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture.

Read Kumar awarded Henry M. Beachell Fellowship

Clemente published in Forbes Friday, November 4, 2016

Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology Tom Clemente discusses two primary co-products derived from the soybean, protein and oil, that make up approximately 40 percent and 20 percent of the seed, respectively. Genetic approaches to add value to either of these co-products are ongoing efforts in soybean breeding and genetics programs.

Full story on Forbes GMO Answers

2017 Nebraska Turf Conference set for Jan. 10–12 Thursday, November 3, 2016
Nebraska Turf Conference
The 2017 Nebraska Turf Conference sponsored by the Nebraska Turfgrass Association and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Turfgrass Science program will be held Jan. 10–12 at the LaVista Conference Center.

Read 2017 Nebraska Turf Conference set for Jan. 10–12

Environmental horticulturist earns grant to study biodegradable mulch Thursday, November 3, 2016
Sam Wortman

Sam Wortman, assistant professor and environmental horticulturist in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska­–Lincoln, has earned a three-year, $499,718 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to evaluate biodegradable mulch and identify opportunities to speed its degradation in soil.

Full story at IANR News

Viticulture Fall Workshop to focus on herbicide drift Monday, October 31, 2016
Problems associated with herbicide drift and volatilization and the impact on Nebraska and Midwest vineyards will be the primary focus of the Fall Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 5. Sponsored by the University of Nebraska Viticulture program and the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association, the Fall Workshop will be held at the Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska. Deadline for pre-registration is Thursday, Nov. 3.

Viticulture Fall Workshop registration and agenda

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.

Read Foltz named candidate for Senior CLASS Award list

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.

Read Soil judging team takes third

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