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US (NE): Agronomy and Horticulture seminar series begins September 8

The fall Agronomy and Horticulture seminar series starts with “Experiences and Lessons in Growing an Impactful, Local On-Farm Research Program in South Central Nebraska,” presented by Nebraska Cropping Systems Extension Educator Sarah Sivits on September 8.

Sivits will present the steps she has taken and the lessons learned in her role as a Nebraska Extension Educator growing a locally dynamic on-farm research presence over six to seven years in south central Nebraska as part of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.

This seminar will be in Keim Hall, Room 150, and streamed live.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Seminars will be in person, streamed live at 3:30 p.m. CST/CDT, and recorded unless otherwise noted. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

“With four external speakers and 10 distinguished representatives from our department, IANR, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we will be covering a variety of topics related to research, extension, and teaching. You’ll get to hear from faculty members, grad students, postdocs, and alumni,” said Guillermo Balboa, co-chair of the Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar Committee.

Dates and topics for the rest of the series are as follows:

September 15: “From Data Mining to Pleiotropic Effects, Environmental Interactions, and Phenomic Predictions of Natural Genetic Variants in Sorghum and Maize,” Ravi Mural, research assistant professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Center for Plant Science Innovation, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

September 22: “Scaling On-Farm Research in Image-Based Fertigation with Customer-Driven Development,” Jackson Stansell, Founder and CEO, Sentinel Fertigation – Lincoln, Nebraska

September 29: “Tracking Invisible Threats: A Comprehensive Study of Brucellosis and Leptospirosis Infectious Diseases at Human-livestock Wildlife Interface in Tanzania, East Africa,” Shabani Muller, graduate research assistant, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

October 6: “RNA Interference for Insect Pest Management,” Ana Maria Velez, professor, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

October 12: “Delivering Soil Health Knowledge to the Farmer,” Cristine Morgan, chief science officer, Soil Health Institute – Morrisville, North Carolina, adjunct professor, Texas A&M University

October 20: “Where and How can Instructors Assess Science Practices in Undergraduate Biology Courses?,” Brian Couch, Susan J. Rosowski associate professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

October 27: “The Land-Grant Water & Cropping System Educator – Insights, Opportunities, and Challenges,” Nathan Mueller, extension water and cropping systems educator, Nebraska Extension, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

November 3: “Open Data for Improved Cropland Nutrient Budgets and Nutrient Use Efficiency Estimations,” Cameron Ludemann, researcher, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

November 10: “Linking the Modification of Biochar Surface by Iron Oxides Under Field Conditions With Enhanced Nitrate Retention,” Britt Fossum, agronomy doctoral student in environmental studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

November 17: “Exploring Maize Resilience Through Genetics, Phenomics, and Canopy Architecture,” Addie Thompson, assistant professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University. Cohost with CROPS, a graduate student and postdoc group funded and supported through the Center for Plant Science Innovation. Social following the seminar.

December 1: “Tough Pests Call for Team Solutions: Building a Coalition for Wheat Stem Sawfly,” Katherine Frels, assistant professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

December 8: “One Health: Linking Human, Animal, Plant, and Ecosystem Health in Nebraska and Beyond,” Liz VanWormer, director, Nebraska One Health, associate professor, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

December 15: “Experiential Learning and Community Engagement in SCIL 101,” Jenny Dauer, associate director for undergraduate education, associate professor in science literacy, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


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