Horticulturists and biological systems engineers from nine universities met at the Hyatt Place in Lincoln for their annual multistate meeting, June 29–30. The group, NE-1335 Resource Management in Commercial Greenhouse Production, was welcomed by University of Nebraska–Lincoln IANR Vice Chancellor Mike Boehm.
Jorge Venegas, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy doctoral candidate, specializing in plant breeding and genetics, received the national Roger Krueger Memorial Scholarship from the American Seed Research Foundation at the American Seed Trade Association conference June 22 in Minneapolis.
Plant scientists aim to turn sorghum into jet fuel
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of 15 institutions partnering with the University of Illinois in the $104-million Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation. Biochemistry professor Edgar Cahoon and agronomy and horticulture professor Tom Clemente will lead Nebraska’s part of the project. They expect to receive slightly more than $4 million for their research during the next five years. Their goal is to genetically enhance certain sorghum species so that the stems and leaves contain more oil and less starch.
A retirement reception for Dennis McCallister, agronomy and horticulture professor, is from 3 to 5 p.m. July 28 at the Goodding Learning Center, 280 Plant Sciences Hall, East Campus. McCallister will retire July 31 after 37 years at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Extension seeks Lincoln's extra harvest to help those in need
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Nebraska Extension is challenging Lincoln gardeners to grow extra produce this season to support those in need. Each Tuesday during the summer, community members are asked to bring extra produce from their gardens to the Backyard Farmer Garden, 3850 Center St., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The produce will then be delivered to local food banks, pantries, kitchens and other charities.
Samantha Teten, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy major minoring in agribusiness, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Independent Professional Seed Association. The IPSA created the scholarship program to support and encourage the education of future ag professionals. Teten, who will be a junior this fall, was one of five agriculture-related degree students selected nationally out of 180 applicants.
Chuck Francis, a professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for 40 years, was honored July 1 at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture conference, with the NACTA Educator Award. The award honors educators for excellence in post-secondary instruction in agriculture and whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education.
Nebraska Extension offers crop management clinics
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Agribusiness professionals and crop producers will have an opportunity to take a close-up look at field conditions, research and techniques at Nebraska Extension Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics in July and August at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.
Study shows wildfires are increasing on the Great Plains
Friday, June 30, 2017
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team, using remote sensing data collected by the USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, has documented that the number of wildfires occurring each year has tripled in the Great Plains during the past three decades. Victoria Donovan, a doctoral student in agronomy and horticulture is lead author of the study.
Hops workshop scheduled for July 22
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Registration is open for the Hops Field Day and Scouting Workshop, which is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 22 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. The workshop, organized by Nebraska Extension and the Midwest Hop Producers, will feature speakers from University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers as well as local growers and brewers.