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University recognizes 51 future Huskers during FFA convention Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently recognized 51 high school seniors from Nebraska FFA chapters who have committed to attend the university in the fall. Haley Apel
On April 5, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln recognized 51 high school seniors from Nebraska FFA chapters who have committed to attend the university in the fall. A signing ceremony was part of the 90th Nebraska FFA State Convention in Lincoln. FFA members, advisers, guests and several university leaders — including Chancellor Ronnie Green and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor Mike Boehm — participated in the event at the Coliseum.

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Annual garden tours return to Maxwell Arboretum Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Emily Levine
Monthly walking tours of greenspaces on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus are being held the first Tuesday of each month through November. The tours, which will feature Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum this year, are noon to 1 p.m. and led by Emily Levine, special projects research horticulturist.

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Dry edible bean breeding greenhouse – it’s a jungle in there Tuesday, April 10, 2018
dry edible bean varieties in greenhouse
It looks like a jungle this spring in the greenhouse used by Carlos Urrea, dry edible bean breeding specialist at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, and his crew. About 800 different dry bean varieties, planted in December in individual pots, are growing like crazy — far above the typical height in Panhandle bean fields. Some are 18 to 20 feet tall, vining their way up wood dowels, twine, and into the greenhouse ceiling structure.

Full story at Panhandle Perspectives.


McConaughy receives Future Leaders in Science Award Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Samantha McConaughy
Samantha McConaughy, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy doctoral student specializing in plant breeding and genetics, was selected as one of 18 recipients of the highly competitive 2018 Future Leaders in Science Award sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. She received an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2018 Congressional Visits Day March 7-8.

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Researchers: Focus policy to better control red cedar invasion Monday, April 9, 2018
Eastern red cedar | Photo by Christine Bielski,| Agronomy and Horticulture

The invasive spread of eastern red cedar across Nebraska will continue as long as policy is mismatched with known science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have found. Without resolving the disconnect, grasslands will keep transitioning into cedar woodlands, a detriment to the state’s ecosystem services.

Full story at Nebraska Today


Sutton receives Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture award Thursday, April 5, 2018
Richard Sutton (left) and CELA President Mark Boyer
Richard Sutton, professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a joint appointment in the landscape architecture program, received the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture 2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award, Senior Level.

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Agronomy and Horticulture awards banquet honors students and staff Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Martin Massengale and Megan Franklin
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Awards Banquet was held March 27 at the Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln. The banquet was an opportunity to honor the achievements of students, faculty and staff, past and present. The evening included a buffet meal, club and award presentations, prize drawings and a silent auction. Stephen Baenziger, agronomy professor and Wheat Growers Presidential Chair, provided the keynote speech.

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Nebraska Crops Team takes third at Kansas State University Friday, March 30, 2018
Nebraska's winning Crops Judging team includes agronomy senior Shawn McDonald and  agronomy juniors Rodger Farr, Samantha Teten and Kolby Grint.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Intercollegiate Crops Judging Team competed in their second Regional Crops Judging Contest of the year March 9 at Kansas State University and placed third in the four-year division against 13 other Midwest four-year and two-year institutions. This win marks the fifth contest in a row the team has placed in the top three in the four-year division contest.

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Montgomery receives NCIA Presidential Award of Excellence Friday, March 30, 2018
Mitchell Montgomery
Mitchell Montgomery, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln research technologist for agronomy and horticulture, received the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association Presidential Award of Excellence at the NCIA conference in Lincoln Jan. 15-17. This award recognizes those who have made special contributions to the Nebraska Seed Industry.

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New season of Backyard Farmer premieres April 5 Monday, March 26, 2018
Nebraska's Backyard Farmer returns April 5
The 66th season of Backyard Farmer, Nebraska’s must-see television program for gardening information, will premiere April 5 on NET. Backyard Farmer offers answers to people’s gardening questions. Viewers submit questions on topics such as fruits and vegetables; insects; turf; annuals and perennials; weeds; trees and shrubs; and wildlife. A panel of experts from Nebraska Extension and University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s landscape services unit offers science-based recommendations.

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