Panhandle Research Extension and Education Center front entrance

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 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). Most of the faculty hold joint appointments in research and extension.

Director: Dr. John Westra

Faculty members:

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.

Agriculture in the Nebraska Panhandle

A history of the Panhandle Center and its Research and Extension Programs (PDF)

RESEARCH: Agricultural research capacity and program descriptions (PDF)

The DA Murphy Arboretum on the grounds of the Panhandle Center - virtual tour

County-based Extension Offices in western Nebraska

The Panhandle Center works hand-in-hand with county-based offices to share research-based information with residents of western Nebraska:

Box Butte County
415 Black Hills Street, Alliance, NE 69301

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

Cherry County
365 N. Main, Suite 3, PO Box 48, Valentine, NE 69201-0048

Cheyenne County
Box 356, Sidney, NE 69162

Dawes County
250 Main St., Suite 8, Chadron, NE 69337

Deuel County
Box 645, Chappell, NE 69129

Garden County
Box 350, Oshkosh, NE 69154

Kimball-Banner County
209 E. Third, Kimball, NE 69145

Morrill County
514 Main, Bridgeport, NE 69336

Scotts Bluff County
4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Sheridan County
Box 329, Rushville, NE 69360 

Sioux County
Box 227, Harrison, NE 69346

The North Platte River

A basic history of and information about the North Platte River U.S. Bureau of Reclamation projects - surface irrigation, power generation and other related irrigation and power generation projects - on the North Platte River drainage.View the presentation by using the arrows below to advance the slides, or view the original presentation on Slideshare. By Gary Stone, Extension Educator, Panhandle Research & Extension Center