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The Center for Grassland Studies was formed within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994. Dr. Martin Massengale, President Emeritus of the University of Nebraska System and a Foundation Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, was appointed as Founding Director for the Center.  The Center’s mission is the implementation of focused, interdisciplinary research, education, and service programs and activities that emphasize the role of grasslands as a natural resource and enhance the efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of grasslands and turfs.

The following programs fall under the umbrella of the Center for Grassland Studies.

Beef Systems Initiative

windmill in grassy fieldThe Beef Systems Initiative was approved  2017 and developed for long-term collaboration across the disciplines of research, extension, and education as they relate to improving perennial grassland harvest efficiency and long-term productivity, and developing integrated crop-cattle systems that secure livestock feed availability and crop productivity. Funding was provided by the Agricultural Research Division and Nebraska Extension and the Center for Grassland Studies provides administrative support.

Grazing Livestock Systems

UNL Dalbey-Halleck farm

The Bachelor of Science degree in Grazing Livestock Systems is an interdisciplinary program jointly supported by the departments of Animal Science, Agricultural Economics and Agronomy and Horticulture. The program was first offered created 1999. The administrative home for the program is the Center for Grassland Studies. Faculty in the program are also responsible for awarding the Arthur W. Sampson Fellowship to a graduate student.

Additional information on this program may be found by clicking Grazing Livestock Systems.

PGA Golf Management

The PGA Golf Management Program is one of 19 PGA accredited programs in the United States. Our program, which began in 2004, offers a Bachelor of Science degree in PGA Golf Management.

Additional information on this program may be found by clicking PGA Golf Management.



Calendar of Events

  • August 21-December 4, 2017: Fall Seminar Series and Leu Lecture, featuring Dr. David Briske, Texas A&M Univeristy, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Link coming soon!
  • September 26, 2017: 11th Annual Fall Fundraiser Gala at Parkers Smokehouse, Ashland, NE. Call (402) 477-1008 or email info@nebraskawildlife.org for more information.
  • November 3, 2017: Grazing Livestock Systems Internship Symposium at the Massengale Residential Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
  • November 14-16, 2017: 2017 America's Grasslands Conference in Fort Worth, TX. The National Wildlife Federation brings together diverse groups to discuss grassland conservation in North America. To learn more, go to America's Grassland Conference.




Beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 23, experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agricultural Economics will discuss financial issues affecting Nebraska farmers and ranchers during webinars each Monday for five consecutive weeks. The series is sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

"The financial environment for agriculture has undergone significant changes in recent years," according to Larry Van Tassell, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. "These webinars aim to provide farmers and ranchers with financial principles they can apply to their own operations."

- See more at: http://ianrnews.unl.edu/webinar-series-address-farm-financial-management-issues#sthash.PxoQ9HDR.dpuf