West Central Research, Extension and Education Center

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Since 1904, the West Central Research, Extension and Education Center (WCREEC) at North Platte has addressed problems and concerns specific to the counties of West Central Nebraska.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is encouraging commercial specialty crop growers - those who sell a portion of their crop - to sign up for DriftWatch-BeeCheck.  Specialty crops include beehives, grapes, other fruits, hemp, vegetables, greenhouses/high tunnels, nursery crops, tree/nut orchards, fish farms, non-specialty certified organic and transition to certified organic crops, and an ‘other’ category, which could include plants grown for seed, cut flowers, flowers for scented products, woody florals, etc.  This is a free, voluntary tool to increase communication between commercial specialty crop growers and nearby pesticide applicators to reduce incidents of pesticide

UNL Stumpf International Wheat Center located in Grant, NE will host a field tour, followed by lunch on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 beginning at 10:00 a.m. MDT.

Please RSVP by completing the online form or contacting Kathy Mailand at kathy.mailand@unl.edu or 308-352-4340.

Directions: From Grant, north on HWY 61, then west on Rd 761. Turn south on Rd 329. Plot is due east of the Stumpf Farm building/Perkins County Extension Office. 

NEBRASKA RANCH PRACTICUM 2022

The Nebraska Ranch Practicum 2022 is accepting registrations through May 3, 2022.  Enrollment is limited to 35 applicants, so register early.  Applications are available from the Ranch Practicum website or by contacting Troy Walz at 308-872-6831 or troy.walz@unl.edu.

Jerry Volesky has been named the interim director of UNL's Center for Grassland Studies

Travis Mulliniks, associate professor in Animal Science is researching ways to make ranching more productive and make decision making easier for producers.

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