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Sharing the Expertise

A history of excellence in grassland research and education continues at the University of Nebraska.


Programs stress the importance of grasslands to our economy, environment and quality of life. Types of activity include:

Education: The Center is the administrative unit for two interdisciplinary undergraduate majors: Grazing Livestock Systems, first offered in Fall 1999, and the PGA-accredited PGA Golf Management program, beginning Fall 2004. The multi-disciplinary CGS Fall Seminar Series is attended by students (for credit if they choose), faculty, and the general public. The Center administers the Sampson Fellowship in Nebraska Pasture and/or Range Management as well as the Leu Endowment, which helps support student scholarships and the Leu Distinguished Lectureship.

Research: The Center works with faculty from various academic units to form multi-disciplinary teams for a systems approach to problem solving. The multi-state project on improving grazing systems for beef cattle is a good example, as it involves agronomists, animal scientists, and agricultural economists. Faculty receive assistance with proposal development and grant administration.

Extension: In addition to the CGS Fall Seminar Series, methods by which the Center accomplishes its outreach mission include a newsletter (in print and online), website, educational tours, a reference library from which print and video materials may be checked out, coordination and/or co-sponsorship of events such as the annual Nebraska Grazing Conference, and acting as a source of information and technical assistance. The Center has handled inquiries that have come via phone, letter and e-mail from nearly every state and about two dozen foreign countries.

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Upcoming 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 17, 2017: Tastes in the Tallgrass. Spring Creek Prairie's annual fundraiser with live music, food, wine, raffles, and auction. Click here to learn more.
  • 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."

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