Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center open house planned for June 29

LINCOLN — The inaugural open house at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead — formerly the Agricultural Research and Development Center — is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 29. The event is co-hosted by State Sen. Bruce Bostelman.

“There will be opportunities to interact with Sen. Bostelman, university faculty, commodity groups and others attending the open house,” Don Adams, ENREC research and extension director said. “The event is intended to show firsthand what we are doing at ENREC and why it matters.”

The event kicks off with an informal time to meet with industry leaders and representatives and visit commodity group booths from 10 to 10:50 a.m., followed by morning presentations:

  • Mike Boehm, Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present “Driving Nebraska’s Economic Vitality.”
  • Nebraska Extension Agricultural Climatologist Al Dutcher will present “The Ag Climate: Temperatures, Trends, and Outlooks.”
  • Attendees will take a virtual tour of the university’s swine research facility at the conclusion of lunch.

Afternoon tours are from 1 to 3 p.m. at three different locations.

Tour stops include In the Field Crops Classroom, See a Live Hail Machine Demo with Keith Glewen, extension educator and Justin McMechan, crop protection and cropping systems specialist; Carbon Farming: Reducing Greenhouse Gases with Crops with Andy Suyker, research associate professor; Drones on the Farm with Wayne Woldt, professor and extension environmental engineer; Nebraska: The Beef State: Empowering our No. 1 Ag Industry with Matt Spangler, Nebraska Extension beef genetics specialist; and Plant Phenotyping: A Bird’s Eye View with Yufeng Ge, assistant professor of biological systems engineering and Frank Bai, postdoctoral fellow in biological systems engineering.

RSVPs are requested by 5 p.m. June 23 to assist with plans for lunch and tour transportation. Please RSVP at http://enrec.unl.edu.

For more information, contact enrec@unl.edu or 402-624-8037.