ENREC Open House

ENREC Open House

Join us for the ENREC OPEN HOUSE

Plan to attend our OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, June 29, 2017.  The event is for both rural and urban audiences – see firsthand what we are doing at ENREC and why it matters. Learn about the latest research, technology, and education involved in bringing safe, nutritious food to the table while protecting the environment.

See how the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center are making a difference. There will be opportunities to interact with university faculty, commodity groups, senators in attendance, and others attending the open house. Discover opportunities for partnerships and collaboration! - Don Adams, ENREC Research and Extension Director

The ENREC Open House runs from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Complimentary lunch served.  Help us plan for lunch & tour transportation - RSVP no later than Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m.


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ENREC Open House

Schedule of Events

      •  Morning sessions and lunch are at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building.
      • 10:00 - 10:50    Meet with industry leaders and representatives. Visit commodity group booths.
      • 10:50 – 11:00    Welcome by Senator Bruce Bostelman
      • 11:00 – 11:20     Mike Boehm Presentation
      • 11:20 – 11:50      Al Dutcher Presentation
      • 12:00 – 12:45     Lunch (Help us plan for lunch & tour transportation RSVP no later than Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m.)
      • Virtual tour of the University’s swine research facility
      • 1:00 – 1:30    Tour stop #1
      • 1:45 – 2:15    Tour stop #2
      • 2:30 – 3:00    Tour stop #3


Morning Presentations

Driving Nebraska's Economic Vitality
Mike Boehm
Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Nebraska is uniquely positioned to be a global leader in key areas such as food, fuel, water and rural development.  Boehm shares his insights about how UNL’s research, teaching and extension efforts are positioned to drive the vitality of Nebraska’s economy, communities and success of our people.  Learn more about IANR Vice Chancellor Mike Boehm.

The Ag Climate - Temperatures, Trends, & Outlooks
Al Dutcher
Nebraska Extension Agricultural Climatologist

Weather presents opportunity and risk in agriculture, Nebraska’s economy, and global markets.  Dutcher takes a closer look at the interconnection of historical conditions, current trends, and the forecast outlook regionally, across the cornbelt, and globally and its impact on agriculture.  Learn more about Al Dutcher.

Morning Speakers


Interactive Tours

Interactive Demonstrations

In the Field Crops Classroom, See a Live Hail Machine Demo
Keith Glewen, Extension Educator
Justin McMechan, Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist

See a live demonstration of a hail machine on crops.  Learn about research, education and training to mitigate the devastating impact of hard rain and hail.

Carbon Farming:  Reducing Greenhouse Gases with Crops
Andy Suyker, Research Associate Professor

Can storing carbon in the soil reduce greenhouse gas emissions? This long-running project has brought about some interesting findings from both dryland and irrigated cropping systems.

Drones on the Farm
Jacob Smith, NU-AIRE Flight Director, Biological Systems Engineering and School of Natural Resources
Mitch Maguire, Research Assistant, Biological Systems Engineering

Unmanned aircraft, or drones, are an emerging technology that have the potential to increase production and improve efficiency of farming operations.  Learn about unmanned
aircraft and sensors, and view a flight demonstration of a drone that has unique flight characteristics.

Nebraska:  The Beef State - Empowering our #1 Ag Industry
Matt Spangler, Nebraska Extension Beef Genetics Specialist

See and learn about beef cattle research and teaching activities -
as we focus on issues that are important to producers and consumers.

Plant Phenotyping - A Bird’s Eye View
Yufeng Ge, Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering
Frank Bai, Post Doctoral Fellow, Biological Systems Engineerin

Just what is that very noticeable project on Hwy. 66 with the tall poles?  This new state of the art research project helps measure and monitor the health of crops with an aerial spider cam.   Be one of the first groups to come check out this new project!

Location and Details
  • The University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) is headquartered at the former Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead, Nebraska.  Download map and directions.
  • ENREC is an easy trip from Omaha or Lincoln - just 35-40 minutes from west Omaha or north Lincoln. 
  • Morning program and lunch are at the August N. Christenson Building at: 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE.  
  • Transportation will be provided for the afternoon tours held at several sites located throughout the center.
  • Questions, contact us at: (402)624-8037 or enrec@unl.edu