Update from UNL Panhandle Director

By Linda Boeckner, Director
UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

From time to time, news from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, in particular, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), reaches western Nebraska to keep us updated on the many exciting things developing at UNL. Fortunately, we can get much more local with news from the university via the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, which is an extension of the university and IANR and right in our back yards.

The Panhandle Center is located just north of Scottsbluff on the former Hiram Scott College campus, for those who remember the days of the Scotties. It is the administrative hub for research and extension work done at this location, as well as the Mitchell Ag Lab and Panhandle Feedlot 6 miles north of Scottsbluff, the High Plains Ag Lab at Sidney, and through county extension offices that serve 16 counties in the panhandle and the northern Sandhills.

At this time of year, we are in the midst of extension workshops, conferences and courses that showcase the research work done by Panhandle Center faculty and others throughout the year. Our teams of faculty members from a variety of disciplines focus on the significant research needs of the area, particularly related to our unique cropping systems and the feedlot and cow-calf industry.

The research and extension center's western location helps to address specific questions related to the unique High Plains environment of western Nebraska, including management of water resources within a limited rainfall environment. We are consistently challenged to identify recommended practices that will help producers with their bottom line, as well as protect natural resources that support sustainable agricultural systems.

The Panhandle Research and Extension Center has received the green light through an IANR strategic planning process to fill three key faculty positions that will complement our existing research and extension teams. We have begun identifying search committees and developing the advertising for a dryland cropping systems specialist, water resource management engineer, and range and forage management/ecologist. Several of our faculty are on or leading the search committees.

We are looking forward to a successful year in getting these positions filled, and continuing to move forward with our research and extension programs. Visit us at our website, panhandle.unl.edu, for more information about us. This unit has been serving the Nebraska Panhandle since 1910 and we look forward to the next 100 years!

The Panhandle Research and Extension Center is on the World Wide Web at panhandle.unl.edu.

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