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.

“Sustainable Agriculture for Today and Tomorrow”

UNL West Central Research, Extension and Education Center’s

19th Annual West Central Water and Crops Field Day

August 24, 2023  |  8:00 am to 4:00 pm

402 West State Farm Road, North Platte, NE

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory held the 24rd Annual Open House on August 23. This year’s Open House was a hybrid format with the traditional in-person event held at GSL along with a live-streamed online webinar. The online webinar covered the morning sustainability topics. Activities, demonstrations and commercial exhibits were planned so guests could attend them throughout the day.

June 13, 2023

Research updates from UNL Cropping Systems Specialists regarding research being Conducted at the Stumpf International Wheat Center

About Jerry

My name is Jerry Volesky and I am a Professor and Range and Forage Specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln West Central Research, Extension and Education Center located in North Platte.  I have been with UNL for 28 years.  In January of this year, I also assumed the position of Interim Director of the Center for Grassland Studies. 

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About Rick

I grew up on a farm and ranch in central North Dakota. I have been in Animal Science for 19 years. Previously, I have worked as an extension educator, a nutritionist for a feed company, the rodeo coach for Chadron State College, and was a beef extension specialist for Montana State in Miles City. I received my BS from North Dakota State University, my MS from Montana State University, my Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming, and I completed a Post Doc at Colorado State University in Reproductive Biotechnology. 

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