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A six-part series by Extension Educator Gary Stone explaining some of the concepts and history of water law, especially as it has developed in Nebraska
The Irrigation and Digital Ag Lab at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center has been building a platform named Panhandle Learning Agricultural Network (PLAN) that aims to use sensors, low-cost telemetry such as Internet of Things (IoT), localized algorithms, and an interactive data display and processing interface to better serve the farming community in the Nebraska Panhandle.
Can winter field peas, planted in September and harvested the middle of the following summer (like winter wheat), work as part of the dryland cropping rotations in the Nebraska Panhandle? The question is being studied by the alternative crops breeding program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff. Incorporating winter pea into a wheat-based dryland crop production system in the Panhandle has the potential to increase the crop production sustainability and economic viability of dryland farming in the Nebraska Panhandle and High Plains in general.
Three soil scientists based at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center are part of a group of 400 scientists from around the world who have compiled a technical manual, just published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), that lists soil management practices aimed at helping capture more carbon in soils globally.
Nebraska Extension will offer ServSafe® Manager Training Program for food service managers and employees Nov. 9-10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Scottsbluff, at the Bluestem Room at the Panhandle Center. Registrations are due by Oct. 7, along with the registration fee. Space may be limited.

The Nebraska Water Center’s 2021 conference is now in the books. Entitled “The Shape of Water in Western Nebraska,” the conference was held August 16th at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. An esteemed lineup of Nebraska water leaders discussed water infrastructure in the panhandle, western Nebraska’s unique hydrogeology, and innovations in water and agricultural management.

Videos of the conference presentations are available on the Nebraska Water Center’s YouTube channel.

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Bruns reappointed as West Central Research and Extension Center director

October 13, 2021
Kelly Bruns has been reappointed to the role of director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s West Central Research, Extension and Education Center (WCREEC) in North Platte. The reappointment is for a five-year term.

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Faculty Spotlight: Brian Cox

October 11, 2021
Meet Brian Cox, engagement zone coordinator for Nebraska Extension.

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Panhandle Perspectives: Panhandle Learning Agricultural Network (PLAN) aims to increase farmer adoption of field-based sensors

October 7, 2021
Nowadays, farmers have more access than ever to data of all kinds about their crops, thanks to rapid development of sensor and telemetry techniques over the past few decades. Yet the adoption rate of sensors for farming operations is still low, possibly due to cost, comfortability of adapting to sensor-based management, concerns on return on investment, and other reasons.

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FarmBits podcast launches new season Oct. 7

October 4, 2021
The FarmBits podcast will return to airwaves beginning Oct. 7, with the release of new episodes. FarmBits has a new team of hosts and a refreshed structure that will add variety to the podcast.

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