Study: Maximizing grain yields won't meet future African needs Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Maximizing cereal crop yields in sub-Saharan Africa would still fail to meet the region’s skyrocketing grain demand by 2050, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln including researchers Kenneth Cassman and Patricio Grassini, Wageningen University and multiple African institutions.

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New Nebraska Crop Management Conference Offers In-Depth Sessions Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nebraska Extension has a new offering in its winter line-up of programs for farmers and agribusiness seeking research updates and recommendations for Nebraska crop production. The Nebraska Crop Management Conference will be held Jan. 19-20 at the Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Rd., in Kearney.

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Urrea receives Omtvedt Innovation Award Thursday, December 8, 2016
Carlos Urrea, University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor of agronomy and horticulture was awarded the Omtvedt Innovation Award at the Nebraska East Union on Dec. 1. He is a dry bean breeding specialist located at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

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Annual poinsettia sales are Dec. 8-9 Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The UNL Horticulture Club's annual poinsettia sale is Dec. 8 in the Nebraska Union and Dec. 9 in the East Union. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The student group will sell multiple sizes and varieties of the holiday plant. Horticulture Club students grow the poinsettias in greenhouses on East Campus.

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Foster and Wacker awarded 2016 Western Seed Association scholarships Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Kelsey Foster and Paige Wacker, University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture and agronomy majors respectively, were awarded 2016 Western Seed Association scholarships at the WSA Banquet in Kansas City on Nov. 7. The WSA scholarships are awarded based on scholarship and an interest in the seed industry.

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USDA Borlaug Fellows begin Nebraska stay Tuesday, December 6, 2016
United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Ag Service Borlaug Fellows, Keziah Ndungu, of Kenya, and Prudence Lugendo, of Tanzania, arrived in September to begin their fellowship at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Their mentors are Professor Charles Wortmann, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and Tsegaye Tadesse, research associate professor and climatologist in the School of Natural Resources with the National Drought Mitigation Center, respectively.

Full story at IANR Global Engagement News

Graduate students take top honors at annual meetings Thursday, December 1, 2016
Leonardo Bastos, Madhav Bhatta, Joel Crowther, Manbir Kaur Rakkar and Michael Sindelar took top honors at the 2016 ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meeting competitions held Nov. 6–9 in Phoenix, Arizona. Bastos also took top honors at the 46th Annual North Central Extension Industry Soil Fertility Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on Nov. 2.

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Watch how a Nebraska team created a drone to fight wildfires: BTN LiveBIG Thursday, December 1, 2016
As drones become more commonplace for photography, researchers at Nebraska are looking at how this same technology can make it possible to save lives in the field of wildland firefighting. Through a collaboration with Nebraska’s NIMBUS Lab and its Department of Agronomy and Horticulture (as well as the U.S. Geological Survey), the team created a precision drone that removes humans from the dangerous work of prescribed burns used to control the type of vegetation most likely to fuel dangerous wildfires.

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Registration open for Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Nebraska Extension is offering Master Gardener training throughout the state in 2017. The Nebraska EMG program is a horticulture-related volunteer training program based in many counties and has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976. EMG class times, location and cost vary across the state, but are generally offered February through May. An application form is available on the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program website.

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Cassman among nation's most highly cited researchers Monday, November 28, 2016

Ken Cassman, emeriti professor of agronomy, was one of four University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty named to the  Highly Cited Researchers 2016” list. Researchers on the list have generated papers that are in the top one percent of most cited works in their subject area and year of publication.

Full story at Nebraska Today