Counties Benefit from being 'Livestock Friendly'UNL study shows the livestock friendly destination in counties gain more cattle farms.
WeCook Program Gives Healthy Options to Youth4-H's WeCook Program is helping low-income youth and their families create fun and nutritious meals.
Making 'SENSE' of Nitrogen UseProject SENSE adopts new technologies to focus on improving nitrogen use efficiency by fertilization during the growing season.
From Research to RealityNebraska Extension has delivered research-based knowledge to people through direct teaching, experiential learning opportunities and publication.
West Central Research and Extension Center
Since 1904, the West Central Research and Extension Center (WCREC) at North Platte has addressed problems and concerns specific to the counties of West Central Nebraska. Specialists at this center work in multiple disciplines including: Agricultural Economics, Beef Nutrition, Beef Reproduction, Entomology, Field Crops, Irrigation and Water Resources, Plant Pathology, Range and Forage Management, Soil Science, and Weed Science and Application Technology.
Administration and Faculty
Extension programs "extend" area-specific research to the people who need it in order to keep up with changes in rural Nebraska. Programs such as those listed below provide our clientele with up-to-date information based on the research from UNL faculty.
Facilities where much of our research, teaching, and Extension programs take place include the following:
- Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory
- West Central Water Resources Field Laboratory
- Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center
West Central Extension News and News Releases
Cow Input Costs
Rick Funston, Nebraska Extension beef cattle reproductive physiologist, talks about the importance of monitoring input costs for cow/calf producers.
Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension weed science and application technology specialist, describes the challenge of controlling marestail. Nebraska Extension is conducting a study on the spread of Palmer amaranth in the state. To participate, you can click here.
Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension range and forage specialist, gives an update on range and pasture conditions in the Nebraska Sandhills. Jerry also talks about research comparing different lengths of grazing time.
Pressure Regulator Testing
Chuck Burr, Nebraska Extension educator, says farmers can bring pressure regulators from their irrigation systems to Husker Harvest Days for free testing.
UNL Ag News Resources
Career Openings in the West Central District
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RANCH TECHNICIAN (WHITMAN, NE)
University of Nebraska Lincoln
Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory
Provide day-to-day care of cattle. Maintenance and repair of facilities, vehicles and equipment. Assist in data collection for a variety of studies. Provide ranch security and serve as first responder in emergency situations. This position is based upon a 40-hour work week and strenuous physical labor is required. Salary range is $13.308-$17.308/hour. House is provided. Criminal history background check, driving record review and pre-placement physical will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review will begin October 19. View requisition S_160720 at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply. UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIST I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Responsible for the management of the day-to-day operation of the Agroecosystems Entomology Lab at the West Central Research & Extension Center, including data collection and analysis, field research, extension and outreach, planning research design, supervision and training of employees, project coordination, ordering supplies, and equipment maintenance. Job is located in North Platte, NE. Criminal background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Review of applications begins August 22. View requisition S_160569 at https://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply. UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.