The Biggest Grower returns with summer learning, scholarship for high schoolers Friday, April 2, 2021
Nebraska Extension and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture will again be offering a student gardening competition this summer. | Shutterstock
Nebraska Extension and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture will again be offering a student gardening competition this summer. The Biggest Grower competition offers Nebraska high school students the opportunity to learn how to start their own garden and small growing operation.

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Nebraska Range Short Course begins June 21 Friday, April 2, 2021
The Nebraska Range Short Course will be held at Chadron State College June 21–24.

The Nebraska Range Short Course will be held at Chadron State College June 21–24. Sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Chadron State College, and the Nebraska Section of the Society for Range Management, the week-long course is designed to provide individuals who have a background in ranch, natural resource or wildlife management an opportunity to increase their knowledge in topics related to range management.

Taught through a series of classroom and field sessions, the course focuses on the underlying principles of range management.

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Miranda Teo receives WSWS Outstanding Student Award Friday, March 26, 2021
Joshua Miranda Teo

Joshua Miranda Teo, University of Nebraska–Lincoln graduate student in agronomy and horticulture, received the Western Society of Weed Science Elena Sanchez Outstanding Student Award during the virtual 2021 annual meeting March 1–4. This award goes to outstanding WSWS student members currently conducting research relevant to weed science.

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Husker research shows palm oil production can grow while protecting ecosystems Thursday, March 25, 2021
Palm oil, the most important source of vegetable oil in the world, is derived from the fruit of perennial palm trees, which are farmed year-round in mostly tropical areas. A four-year research project led by Patricio Grassini, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture, and supported by a $4 million grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggests that keeping up with demand may not necessarily mean converting more valuable, fragile ecosystems into agricultural land.

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Curry to share experience as pepper breeder, producer at club meeting Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Ed Curry
The Horticulture Club invites all faculty, staff and students to join them this Wednesday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. as they host a special guest speaker at their next meeting. Via Zoom, the club will be hosting Ed Curry of Curry Seed & Chile Company who will be sharing his experience in pepper production and pepper genetics.

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Lawrence receives WSWS Early Career award Thursday, March 18, 2021
Nevin Lawrence recognized by the Western Society of Weed Science as the Outstanding Weed Scientist – Early Career.

Nevin Lawrence, assistant professor of agronomy and integrated weed management specialist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, has been recognized by the Western Society of Weed Science as the Outstanding Weed Scientist – Early Career.

Lawrence was recognized by WSWS in early March during the society’s 74th annual meeting, held virtually.

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Dozler wins extemporaneous speaking competition in range management Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Asha Scheideler (left) and Kaitlyn Dozler celebrate Dozler's win during the Range Management Club’s 2021 virtual awards ceremony watch party in February.
The Range Management Club, made up of students in natural resources and agronomy and horticulture, competed in three competitions during the virtual International Meeting of the Society for Range Management Feb. 15–18. Kaitlyn Dozler, a junior fisheries and wildlife major, took home first place in extemporaneous speaking.

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Crops judging team takes third at NCTA contest Tuesday, March 9, 2021
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team earns third place at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Collegiate Crops Contest March 6 in Curtis, Nebraska. Coach Adam Striegel (from left) stands with team members Jared Stander, Katie Steffen, Korbin Kudera and Jacob Vallery.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team competed in the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Collegiate Crops Contest March 6 in Curtis, Nebraska. As a team, the Huskers placed third overall in the four-year division with a score of 1,601 points.

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Model predicts gene responses to cold across diverse plant species Thursday, March 4, 2021
James Schnable (left), Rebecca Roston and their colleagues have developed a machine-learning model that, given just the DNA sequence of a single plant species, can predict how another's genes will turn off and on in the face of freezing temperatures.
Predictions could fast-track efforts to engineer cold resistance into cold-sensitive crops.

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Graduate students earn top honors at annual weed science meeting Monday, March 1, 2021
Five graduate students earned top honors in the Weed Science Society of America student poster and presentation contests held during the virtual 2021 annual meeting Feb. 15–19.

Five University of Nebraska–Lincoln graduate students in agronomy and horticulture earned top honors in the Weed Science Society of America student poster and presentation contests held during the virtual 2021 annual meeting Feb. 15–19.

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