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Bastos and Crowther recipients of International Plant Nutrition Institute Scholar Award Thursday, December 7, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Leonardo Bastos and Joel Crowther were selected as International Plant Nutrition Institute Scholar Award recipients for 2017 at the North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 15. The conference facilitates the sharing of new soil fertility and nutrient management research information and fertilizer industry developments. Bastos is an agronomy doctoral student working in agronomy, soil fertility and precision agriculture. Crowther is completing his Master’s of Agronomy.

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Baenziger receives Prem S. Paul Innovator of the Year Award Monday, December 4, 2017
P. Stephen Baenziger (left) and Donald Weeks, emeritus professor of biochemistry
P. Stephen Baenziger, professor of agronomy and horticulture and Wheat Growers Presidential Chair, was presented with the Prem S. Paul Innovator of the Year award during the NUTech Ventures 2017 Innovator Celebration Nov. 9 at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies innovation and entrepreneurship by advancing novel research into significant commercial utilization.

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Cunningham awarded 2017 Western Seed Association scholarship Friday, December 1, 2017
Leah Sandall and Michaela Cunningham
Michaela Cunningham, an agronomy major, was awarded a 2017 Western Seed Association scholarship at the WSA Banquet in Kansas City on Nov. 9. The WSA scholarships are awarded based on scholarship and an interest in the seed industry.

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Sarangi named winner in Science Slam: Postdoc Edition Thursday, November 30, 2017
Debalin Sarangi
Debalin Sarangi, an agronomy postdoctoral research associate, was one of three winners in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s second annual Science Slam: Postdoc Edition held Nov. 8. The event was part of the university’s 2017 Fall Research Fair.

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Lambe selected for entrepreneurship fellowship program Wednesday, November 29, 2017
David Lambe
David Lambe, agronomy and horticulture associate professor of practice, has been selected for the inaugural University of Nebraska–Lincoln Entrepreneurship Fellowship program.

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Mason ‘graduating’ to new opportunities Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Stephen Mason
Stephen Mason, agronomy and horticulture professor emeritus, has led a distinguished career at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and officially retired Sept. 5 after 33 years of teaching and research. However, he’s not completely finished with his teaching career. Mason was contracted to teach the capstone course Agronomy 405 Crop Management Strategies this fall semester which ends in December.

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Ecologists show that Nebraska Sandhills can withstand wildfire Monday, November 20, 2017
Dirac Twidwell
After wildfires ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres of grasslands and forest in northwestern Nebraska in 2012, some feared that the national landmark Sandhills ecoregion had been irreparably damaged. A new study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln rangeland ecologists, however, appears to put those fears to rest.

Full story at Nebraska Today


How do atmospheric shifts affect soil-dwelling microbes? Friday, November 17, 2017
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A study led by Nebraska’s Daniel Schachtman has shown how the effects of rising carbon dioxide and ozone may trickle down from crops to the microorganisms that help sustain them.

Full story at Nebraska Today


Graduate students earn fellowships and awards Thursday, November 16, 2017
Eight Department of Agronomy and Horticulture graduate students were honored with fellowships and awards by the Agricultural Research Division and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the Distinguished Fellowships and Awards Luncheon on Nov. 6. Those honored include Madhav Bhatta, Manbir Kaur Rakkar, Thomas Butts, Nicolas Cafaro la Menza, Elnazsadat Hosseiniaghdam, Nikita Gambhir, Parminder Chahal and Salvador Ramirez.

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Filling the intercropping info gap Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Researchers from Niger are doing an in-field assessment of the soil at one of their on-farm trial sites testing the sand content, soil pH, and electrical conductivity and depth. Farmers often have trees in their fields for soil conservation and cycling of nutrients. Photo credit Charles Wortmann.
Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land – called intercropping – can benefit farmers. But it needs careful planning and resource management. “Using fertilizers efficiently can help farmers improve profits from their crops,” says Charles Wortmann, an agronomist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “That can help many break out of cycles of poverty and increase food production and food security.”

Full story at Soil Science Society of America


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