About Us

The Panhandle Research & Extension Center

Directions to UNL Panhandle Research and Extension CenterThe Panhandle Research and Extension Center, located in Scottsbluff, houses 13 faculty of UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). Most of the faculty hold joint appointments in research and extension. A list of faculty members and their subject areas is here.

History and Location:

In 1909, the University of Nebraska Experiment Station and the USDA jointly homesteaded a quarter section of land five miles east of Mitchell, NE. Initial research was in the area of crop production under gravity irrigation. Studies in sheep, swine, dairy, and beef production, in addition to many other crop areas, soon followed. The 800-acre Experimental Range in Sioux County was deeded to the University of Nebraska by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918. Satellite agricultural laboratories at Alliance (since closed) and Sidney, NE, were added in 1967.

The headquarters of the Panhandle Station moved to the former Hiram Scott College campus after the state had acquired the property after the school closed in the early 1970s. The headquarters and surrounding research plots are located just north of the city of Scottsbluff. To reflect the University's involvement throughout the Panhandle, the name was officially changed to the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in 1985.

Contact Us:

  • Phone: 308-632-1230
  • Mail: 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
  • Director: Dr. Jack Whittier
  • Associate Director: Jim Schild

Learn more:

A comprehensive look at the Panhandle Center on SlideShare:

The Panhandle Center is the administrative base
for the Panhandle Extension District:

 Map of UNL Panhandle Extension District

Extension Offices in the Panhandle District:

Box Butte County
308-762-5616 
Fax 308-762-1674 
415 Black Hills Street 
Alliance, NE 69301

Central Sandhills
(Blaine, Grant, Hooker, Thomas)
308-645-2267
Fax 308-645-2288
503 Main St.
PO Box 148
Thedford, NE 69166-0148


Cherry County
402-376-1850
Fax 402-376-2867
365 N. Main, Suite 3
PO Box 48

Valentine, NE 69201-0048

Cheyenne County
308-254-4455 
Fax 308-254-6055 
Box 356 
Sidney, NE 69162

Dawes County
308-432-3373 
Fax 308-432-3374 
250 Main St., Suite 8
Chadron, NE 69337

Deuel County
308-874-2705 
Fax 308-874-3327 
Box 645 
Chappell, NE 69129

Garden County
308-772-3311 
Box 350
Oshkosh, NE 69154

Kimball-Banner County
308-235-3122 
Fax 308-235-3077 
209 E. Third 
Kimball, NE 69145

Morrill County
308-262-1022 
Fax 308-262-1410 
514 Main
Bridgeport, NE 69336

Scotts Bluff County
308-632-1480
Fax 308-632-1481 
4502 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Sheridan County
308-327-2312 
Fax 308-327-2606 
Box 329 
Rushville, NE 69360 

Sioux County
308-668-2428 
Fax 308-668-2428 
Box 227 
Harrison, NE 69346

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Local Community Links:

Scottsbluff-Gering United Chamber of Commerce
Scotts Bluff County Tourism
City of Scottsbluff
City of Gering
Scotts Bluff County
Western Nebraska Community College
Regional West Medical Center