Staswick retires after 36-year career at Nebraska Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Paul Staswick. <em>Craig Chandler | University Communication </em>

Paul Staswick, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy and horticulture professor, retired January 3 after a 36-year career of research and teaching in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

A native of Washington state, Staswick’s career focused on the fundamental aspects of plant biology related to plant productivity, crop plant quality and disease resistance mechanisms. Early in his career, he worked on soybean protein biochemistry.

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U.S. corn production is booming—but not for the reasons scientists hoped Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Tractors pack down a giant mound of corn at a feedlot near Imperial, Nebraska, before storm clouds roll in. PHOTOGRAPH BY RANDY OLSON, NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION
National Geographic features Nebraska — the corn belt of success. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, over the past 15 years, the primary driver of growing corn yields has been another factor entirely: the longer growing seasons and mild weather promoted by climate change. "We're going to need to be really creative in order to keep yields up,” says Patricio Grassini, an agricultural scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who was one of the authors of a new study.

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Graduate students earn fellowships and awards Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Graduate students earn fellowships and awards

Ten Department of Agronomy and Horticulture doctoral students were honored with fellowships and awards from the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Division, Water for Food Daugherty Global Institute and Crop Science Society of America.

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Li is new distance education lecturer Monday, January 24, 2022
Luqi Li

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture welcomed Luqi Li on January 10 as a lecturer for the AgroHort Online Program. He works with Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator.

Li has been with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as an undergraduate and graduate student, research assistant and postdoctoral research associate.

Original from Beijing, China, Li earned a Bachelor of Science in turfgrass and landscape management from Nebraska in 2013.

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Mamo reappointed as head of UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Thursday, January 20, 2022
Martha Mamo has been reappointed as head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's department of agronomy and horticulture, a position she has held since 2019. Her reappointment took effect on Jan. 1.
Martha Mamo has been reappointed as head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's department of agronomy and horticulture, a position she has held since 2019. Her reappointment took effect on Jan. 1.

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National Climate Assessment’s Northern Great Plains report will feature contributions from Nebraska researchers Thursday, January 20, 2022
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Since its first report was released in 2000, the U.S. Global Change Research Program has been responsible for producing an assessment of climate change impacts across a broad scope of sectors. The creation of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) is currently underway. Andrea Basche, assistant professor and crop resilience specialist in agronomy and horticulture, is among the co-authors who will produce the NCA5 Northern Great Plains Region chapter.

Full story at Inside the School of Natural Resources


Agronomy and Horticulture seminar series begins Feb. 4 Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Andrea Basche
The spring Agronomy and Horticulture seminar series starts with “Collaborative Efforts to Diversify Nebraska Cropping Systems” presented by Nebraska’s Andrea Basche Feb. 4.

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Nebraska study finds climate, field management hold keys to increased crop yields Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Much of the recent gain in corn yield is attributable to farmer adoption of improved management practices.
A multi-year analysis of Nebraska corn production by researchers in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources sheds new light on crop yield improvement and demonstrates the value of the university’s partnership with Nebraska ag producers and natural resources districts.

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MLK week to feature volunteer opportunities, critical conversations Tuesday, January 18, 2022
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s MLK Week celebration will feature week-long opportunities for service, education and conversation.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s MLK Week celebration will feature week-long opportunities for service, education and conversation.

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Sutter is new distance education lecturer Friday, January 14, 2022
McKinzie Sutter

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture welcomed McKinzie Sutter back on January 3 as a lecturer for AgroHort Online Program. She works with Leah Sandall, distance education coordinator.

Sutter has been with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as a student employee and a staff member since 2010. Originally from Omaha, she earned a Bachelor of Science in fisheries and wildlife in 2014 with an ecology emphasis and a master’s degree in natural resources in 2017, both from Nebraska.

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