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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
roots
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


Sandall receives honor from ag society Monday, November 13, 2017
Leah Sandall
Leah Sandall, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln distance education coordinator for agronomy and horticulture, has been honored with the 2017 Extension Educational Materials Program Certificate of Excellence from the American Society of Agronomy under the category of posters.

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Grant to support development of Midwest hop production Thursday, November 9, 2017
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is partnering with Plattsmouth, Neb. based, Midwest Hop Producers, LLC to develop a production market for locally sourced hops. A $69,315 grant awarded to the company from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will further their efforts to identify hop cultivars adapted to the Midwest.

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Huskers find success at annual meeting in the Sunshine State Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Agronomy Club members
Representatives from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Agronomy Club attended the undergraduate Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences program at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting Oct 20–24 in Tampa.

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Seminar Nov. 15 to present challenges of meeting food and environmental goals in Indonesia Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Indonesian rice field
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, IANR Global Engagement and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska will host a special seminar, “Can Crop Intensification Help Indonesia Meet Both Food and Environmental Goals?,” Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in Room 150, Keim Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

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