Soil Judging Team meets tough competition at nationals
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Four days of practice, two days of competition, 24 teams and 93 competitors. Competition for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Soil Judging Team was fierce at the 2017 National Collegiate contest in late April in DeKalb, Illinois. The Nebraska team, comprised of 11 students from the School of Natural Resources and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, placed 17th of 24 in both the group contest and overall.
Fascination of Plants Day 2017 is a worldwide coordinated activity to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science. Plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.
Celebration to mark Maxwell Arboretum's 50th year
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
A lecture and tree planting are part of events set for May 16 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. George Briggs, director of the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, will share “Lessons from a Prairie Arboretum” in a free talk at 2:30 p.m. in the Nebraska East Union. A former faculty member at Nebraska, Briggs was director of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
Jorge Venegas, a plant breeding and genetics doctoral candidate, has been nominated and selected to speak at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America 2017 International Annual Meetings in Tampa, Florida Oct. 22–25. Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future is the theme.
Seven Department of Agronomy and Horticulture students have been named recipients of Milton E. Mohr 2017–2018 Awards. These awards recognize outstanding students in the sciences of biotechnology and engineering based on their academic performance and potential for accomplishments in their specific field.
A pair of horticulture seniors were among the top three winners in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Engler Quick Pitch with a Twist competition, April 13, at the Firethorn Resort in Lincoln. Brittney Cihal and Kelsey Foster, both set to graduate this May, each won $1,000.
Keenan Amundsen, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, was granted tenure and will be promoted to associate professor in August. He was honored April 25, along with 70 other University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty members, during a celebration at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
Marlene Busse, an administrative support associate for Student Services, was honored with a Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Staff Advisory Committee Special Contribution Award at the department’s spring picnic, April 21. This award honors those who have gone above and beyond their usual job duties in a way that greatly benefits the department and/or the university.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy major Matthew Blunck, of Osmond, Nebraska, has been named a Chancellor's Scholar. Blunck, along with forty-nine other Nebraska seniors, were recognized during the All-University Honors Convocation at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on April 23. Chancellor's Scholars are students who have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages on all collegiate work at Nebraska and elsewhere. This is the highest academic honor awarded to graduating undergraduates.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team took top honors at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference national collegiate competition at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, April 6. The team competed in three of the 13 contests including Crops Judging, Precision Agriculture and the Knowledge Bowl.