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

Learn more:

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

 Map of UNL Panhandle Extension District

Extension Offices in the Panhandle District:

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

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

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

Valentine, NE 69201-0048

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

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

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

Garden County
Box 350
Oshkosh, NE 69154

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

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

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

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

Sioux County
Fax 308-668-2428 
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

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