January 26, 2024

Agronomy and Horticulture seminar series starts Feb. 1

Stacy Adams

Stacy Adams

The spring Agronomy and Horticulture seminar series begins with “Hydroponic Approaches and Value to the Food Supply Chain,” presented by Stacy Adams, professor of practice in agronomy and horticulture, at 11 a.m. Feb. 1.

Adams will present alternative production practices and highlight hydroponic approaches and value within the food supply chain. He will discuss how hydroponics may address challenges related to distribution interruptions, environmental influences, socioeconomics, catastrophes and war.

This seminar will be in Keim Hall, Room 150, and streamed live.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Seminars will be in person on Thursdays, streamed live at 11 a.m., and recorded unless otherwise noted. Refreshments will be served at 10:30 a.m.

“The seminar committee lines up a program every semester with speakers representing a diverse range of research, teaching and extension topics that reflect the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture’s mission,” Guillermo Balboa, co-chair of the seminar committee, said.

This move to Thursdays is a change from the usual Friday afternoon schedule that has been in place for more than 30 years. Based on feedback from seminar attendees, the committee feels this is an advantageous alteration for all who want to attend.

Dates and topics for the rest of the series are as follows:

Feb. 8: “I Want TO...Science + Art Process to Create Landscapes for Plants and People,” Kim Todd, professor and extension horticulture specialist, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Feb. 15: “Rural Prosperity Nebraska: Connecting Research and Practice to Rural Community Vitality,” Mary Emery, director, Rural Prosperity Nebraska, professor, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Feb. 22: “Toward Adaptive Grazing: Leveraging Different Rangeland Monitoring and Assessing Techniques,” Biquan Zhao, postdoctoral research associate, Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Feb. 29: “Sustainable Vegetable Production from the Land of Corn and Hogs,” Ajay Nair, professor and extension vegetable specialist, Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University

Mar. 7: “Advancing Digital Agriculture for Improving Agronomic Decisions,” Ignacio Ciampitti, professor, Farming Systems, Department of Agronomy, director, Institute for Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics, Kansas State University

Mar. 21: Nitrogen and Water Management Strategies to Reduce Nitrate Leaching in Irrigated Sandy Soils, Arshdeep Singh, doctoral candidate, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Mar. 28: “Rapid Soil Sensing for Precision Agriculture and Carbon Market,” Yufeng Ge, professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Apr. 4: “Impact of Land Use on the Storage and Turnover of Soil Organic Carbon: Stories from the Subsoil,” Michael Kaiser, assistant professor of applied soil chemistry, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Apr. 11: “Integrating Agronomy and Machine Learning to Analyze Yield Gap Magnitudes and Causes from Field to Global Levels,” Fernando Aramburu Merlos, research assistant professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Apr. 18: “The FoodU Program at Auburn University,” Desmond Layne, professor and head, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University

Apr. 25: “Quantitative Genetics,” Co-sponsored with the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Statistics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

For questions, contact Tamara Sukhova at tsukhova2@unl.edu, Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar Committee, Guillermo Balboa at gbalboa7@unl.edu or Nevin Lawrence at nlawrence2@unl.edu, Co-chairs Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar Committee.