Hilfiker is new administrative associate for graduate support Friday, March 18, 2022
Lisa Hilfiker
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture welcomed Lisa Hilfiker on March 14 as the new administrative associate for graduate support. She will provide essential support to the department’s distance and resident graduate programs and will serve as the main point of contact for faculty and students regarding applications, admissions, student progress and graduation.

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Nebraska Crops Team takes third at Kansas contest Wednesday, March 16, 2022
2022 Crops Judging Team members include Sarina Janssen (front row, from left), Katie Steffen, Kailey Ziegler, and Maggie Walker, and Dan Frey (back row, from left), Will Stalder, Korbin Kudera and Nathan Donoghue.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team earned a third-place overall team award at the Kansas State University Crop Judging Contest March 5 in the four-year division. Ten teams from Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas participated in the contest. Nebraska's winning team includes senior agronomy majors Nathan Donoghue, Katie Steffen, Korbin Kudera and Sarina Janssen.

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WSSA invites Jhala to lead review papers on pollen-mediated gene flow from herbicide resistant weeds Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Amit Jhala
Amit Jhala, University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor of agronomy and horticulture and Nebraska Extension weed management specialist, was invited by the Weed Science Society of America to write review papers for the journal, Weed Technology. These papers synthesize previous studies on how pollen-mediated gene flow can transfer herbicide resistance alleles from herbicide-resistant to susceptible broadleaf and grass weeds.

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Western Nebraska is lucky to have Easterly Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Amanda Easterly, research assistant professor, and Cody Creech, associate professor, testing wheat samples at the High Plains Ag Lab.
In a very short time, Amanda Easterly has become invaluable for her ability to develop comprehensive plans, attention to detail, mentorship and intense passion. She is a research assistant professor for University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the High Plains Ag Lab.

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Benefits of cover crops extend to dry areas Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Cover crops do far more than cover soils. They provide an array of benefits, such as the ability to reduce soil erosion and increase soil health. They can help attract pollinators, repel pests, turn into ‘green manure,’ or can be used as feed for livestock.
Cover crops do far more than cover soils. They provide an array of benefits, such as the ability to reduce soil erosion and increase soil health. They can help attract pollinators, repel pests, turn into ‘green manure,’ or can be used as feed for livestock.

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Ahlberg begins role as office supervisor Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Bailey Ahlberg
Bailey Ahlberg joined the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Feb. 21 as the office supervisor. She will oversee the Office Professionals team by delegating tasks to provide whatever office assistance is needed by department staff, faculty and students, or visiting scholars.

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Basche, Todd and Dunn receive Family and Friends Recognition Awards Monday, March 7, 2022
Andrea Basche, left, Kim Todd and Cheryl Dunn are honored at the 2022 Parents’ Recognition Awards ceremony March 4. Mike Jackson | Student Affairs Marketing & Communication
Andrea Basche, Kim Todd and Cheryl Dunn, faculty and staff in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, were honored for their outstanding support to students during the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Family & Friends Recognition Awards ceremony March 4 in the Willa Cather Dining Complex.

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Stephenson appointed interim director of Panhandle Research and Extension Center Thursday, March 3, 2022
Mitchell Stephenson
As the search continues for the next permanent director of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center at Scottsbluff, Mitchell Stephenson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agronomy and Horticulture associate professor, and forage and range management specialist at the Panhandle Center, has been appointed interim director.

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Grassini partner in project to optimize crop variety placement in Sub-Saharan Africa Thursday, March 3, 2022
Patricio Grassini
Patricio Grassini, associate professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, is a partner in a project led by Regrow Ag called Niche that aims to optimize crop variety placement in Sub-Saharan Africa. Niche was awarded a $5M, 4-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is supported by NASA Harvest, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and an African-based nonprofit organization called One Acre Fund.

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Crops judging team earns top honors at West Texas A&M contest Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Korbin Kudera set an individual record for Nebraska by earning best individual score at the contest, first in math, first in lab practical, third in the agronomic exam and third in plant and seed identification.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team competed in the West Texas A&M University Collegiate Crops Contest in Canyon, Texas, Feb. 19. As a team, the Huskers placed third overall in the four-year college division. Nebraska's winning team includes senior agronomy majors Nathan Donoghue, Katie Steffen, Korbin Kudera and Sarina Janssen. Seven of the ten teams in attendance were from four-year colleges.

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