Agri 042 Introduction to Production Ag in Nebraska

The Agri 042 Introduction to Production Ag in Nebraska course is designed for those with little or no understanding of Nebraska production agriculture. The course offers education on the decision-making, production processes, conservation and economics of modern agriculture.  The course introduces undergraduate and graduate students to the multi-faceted side of the production agriculture.

Jim Luck discussing ag technology with Agri 042 students

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

See modern machinery and equipment in action (August)
Get up-close with livestock systems in operation (October)

Agri 042 is a team effort coordinated and presented by the following within UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources:

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Agri 042 is a digital badge course - credit hours are not offered.  There are no tuition fees for this non-credit class.  The class is ideal for anyone wanting to get a general understanding of production agriculture in Nebraska.  The course introduces undergraduate and graduate students to the multi-faceted side of the production agriculture.

2-day classes are designed for those with little or no understanding of Nebraska production agriculture. This course offers education on the decision-making, production processes, conservation and economics of modern agriculture.

A digital badge is a microcredential indicating knowledge, skills, and competencies gained through various learning and professional development opportunities and can be displayed across various digital platforms such as social media and digital portfolios.

Learning with Justin McMechan

Learning about crop production

ABOUT THE LOCATiON

Day classes are held at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center (ENREEC) near Mead, Nebraska.  Participants meet at UNL's East Campus in Lincoln and are transported to the classes.  (Meals and refreshments are also included during the classes.)


The scope and diversity of ongoing research projects at ENREEC combine to make the site one of the most unique research facilities in the United States. The site is a major research and education facility of the Agricultural Research Division of the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). The size and diversity of the center offers many research and educational opportunities. Through its strategic planning process, IANR has set a course for agricultural research, extension and teaching that will help ensure a financially solid and environmentally sound agricultural future for Nebraska. This site plays a key role in implementing the action plans that support this leadership process.

The site consists of approximately 9,663 acres (3,912 hectares).   About half of the land base is in row crops. Fifty percent of those row crops are irrigated. The balance of the site is predominately in cool and warm season pastures. Over 6,000 domestic farm animals used for research and teaching reside onsite as well.

Next Class focuses on livestock


“Understanding that farming is more than putting a seed in the ground allows us to gain an appreciation for our farmers and for our state as a whole.”

Sign up now!  The Agri 042 Introduction to Production Ag in Nebraska class in August focuses on crop production.  The two-day courses are designed for those with limited or no understanding of Nebraska production agriculture. The focus encompasses decision-making, production processes, conservation and economics of modern agriculture.

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October Livestock Course

Learning about crop production

Livestock Class

Oct. 17-18, 2022

SIGN UP NOW!  Agri 042 (Section 951) will focus of livestock production Oct. 17-18, 2022.  Participants will learn about the many aspects involved in livestock production.
  • The October session of AGRI 042 focusing on Animal Science will provide lessons and hands-on activities related to beef, swine, dairy, and animal products.  Students will get a close-up look at pigs of all sizes and ages representing all stages of swine production.  While touring the beef cow/calf and feedlot facilities at ENREEC, students will learn about different facets of production along with the contributions of ruminant animals to human welfare.  Keeping the end product in mind, students will spend time in the meat lab learning about carcass evaluation, characteristics of different wholesale and retail cuts of beef or pork, and how the industry strives to add value and utilization to lower valued raw products.

  • READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE CLASS AND ITS IMPACT

  • WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW TO LEARN ABOUT THE COURSE

  • READ WHAT PARTICIPANTS HAD TO SAY BELOW

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Comments From

Crop Production Participants

  • Understanding that farming is more than putting a seed in the ground allows us to gain an appreciation for our farmers and for our state as a whole.
  • This experience was actually fascinating for me, as I grew up in a family of farmers on my dad's side and in a farming community, but never fully understood what they did, as my parents weren't farmers themselves.
  • I think the exercise revealed that my oversimplification of agriculture may have impacted how I thought about conservation decisions should be made in human-modified environments. With the new knowledge, I can know make more informed opinions and better management decisions.
  • This experience made me realize just how little I know about agriculture. Sometimes I feel like people expect me to know things about agriculture because I am from Nebraska.
  • Learning about all the decisions that a farmer has to make on a day-to-day basis, and the knowledge they need to do so, gave me a whole new appreciation for what they do.
  • This experience encourages me to continue to immerse myself in the field of agriculture and advocate for the farmers in terms of conservation decisions and making new technology/practices as best accessible to all.
  • The experience made me feel like there was so much behind agriculture that I have ever expected.
  • Experience made me feel very excited and curious about agricultural development here in Lincoln. Also, as this workshop was organized at the beginning of the semester, it gave a motivation to take different subjects as I have a lot to learn about.  I have a little experience in this field, so every activity was interesting and informative for me.
  • This workshop was a good motivation for me to study and explore more about this field.
  • This workshop bridged many previous topics of my education.
  • This experience provided me with some much needed perspective on my PhD research. Prior to this course I largely thought about this from a theoretical perspective, but did not have a good understanding of how the practices and ideas that I was reading about would look when implemented on a real farm. Now that I know more about what actually goes into farming, how the equipment works, and what the process of growing crops looks like, I can also see how conservation practices would work on this type of landscape.
  • This course fit into my experiences and research. Learning the soil, the climate, the pest and disease enhance my knowledge and those are some factors I need to consider in my research
  • This experience fit my background in conservation, as conducting conservation in agriculturally dominated lands is fundamental to protect numerous species.
  • It was a really exciting and enlightening 2-day experience for me and I would definitely recommend or any student especially international students who are new to the Nebraska agricultural landscapes.
  • I think that this experience was important because the information presented was infinitely valuable even if you are not majoring in an agricultural science or natural resource.

Questions?

Contact:  lvantassell2@unl.edu

(402-472-3401)