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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. 

About Julie

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and completed my PhD in Entomology at the University of Kentucky in 2012. I started at UNL in March 2014.

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Dr. Andrew Belser, Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts visits North Platte

Dean Belser became the fifth dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Perform Arts in July of 2022. His goal is to meet the needs of students and teachers across the state. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania Dean Belser has a great appreciation in developing the arts for rural students. In his visit to North Platte he found many opportunities to connect with teachers and students in the area. LISTEN to Dean Belser's goals.

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

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

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