Grace Schuster and Hunter Swanson

Grace is working towards her Ph.D. by studying bioenergy crop production and its implications for grassland bird species. Together, Grace and Hunter are specifically looking at how switchgrass impacts avian species and their occupancy of the landscape. Watch to learn more about Grace and Hunter and their work at the West Central Research Extension and Education Center.

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Milos Zaric

Milos is working towards his Ph.D. by conducting industrial hemp and hops research at West Central Research Extension and Education Center. Through his research on industrial hemp, he examines the impact of herbicide drift on the plant and hopes to find the best herbicide option for industrial hemp. The goal of his hops research is to better understand pesticide penetration through the plant canopy. Watch to learn more about Milos and his research at West Central Research Extension and Education Center. 

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McKenna Renner

McKenna Renner is spending her summer at the research center assisting Dave Boxler, Livestock Entomology Extension Educator with his fly research on cattle. Through this experience she is learning skills that will benefit her as a student at NCTA and in her future career. Watch the video to learn more about McKenna and her experience at the research center.

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Barbara Houston

Barbara Houston is a graduate student from Serbia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy in 2019. In the agronomy department, Barbara specializes in weed science. Her research focuses on water quality parameters that influence herbicide efficacy and drift potential from air inclusion nozzles. Watch the video to learn more about Barbara and her research at West Central Research Extension and Education Center. 

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Student pictures

West Central Research Extension and Education Center provides opportunites for domestic and international students to complete research while working towards a graduate degree.  Student workers, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Research Assistants, Research Scholars, Master's Students, PhD students and Post Doctoral Students from Horticulture and Agronomy, Biological Systems Engineering,  Agroecosystems Entomology, and Animal Science complete research programs at WCREEC.

In July, 2021, WCREEC was fortunate to have the Grant Company create a Graduate Student video, highlighting the work and success of graduate students located in North Platte.  Students are (top l to r) Milos Zaric, Agronomy and Horticulture, Abia Katimbo and Hope Njuki Nakabuye, Biological Systems Engineering (bottom l to r) Trenton Houston, Agronomy and Horticulture, Andrea Rilakovic, Agroecosystems Entomology and Vinicius Velho, Agronomy and Horticulture.