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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 field

The 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.



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