Who We Serve

The Center for Grassland Studies serves the citizens of Nebraska in both rural and urban environments. Activities and programs serve farmers, ranchers, cattlemen, turfgrass managers, grass seed producers, homeowners, undergraduate and graduate students, and consumers. Programs enhance the understanding of the importance of grasslands to the economy, environment, water quality, soil quality, and quality of life. Finally, the Center for Grassland Studies serves the faculty and their administrative units, who have common goals and interests in providing additional means of combining resources and facilities to address mutual problems and issues.

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. Upon his retirement as Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 2017, Dr. Steven S. Waller took on the leadership role of the Center as its Interim Director. 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.

Integrated Beef Systems Initiative

windmill in grassy field

The Integrated Beef Systems program 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.

Additional information on this program may be found by clicking Integrated Beef Systems.

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 in 1999. The administrative home for the program is the Center for Grassland Studies.

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

PGA Golf Management

The PGA Golf Management Program is one of 18 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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Making News

Grassroots Phenomenon: Sandhills Topography Affects Forage Growth, Water Use
To learn more about this Pocket Science article, and how changing precipitation patterns may affect grass production, click on Grassroots Phenomenon.

My Internship: Emily Gill
Emily Gill working with bee hives at Calleva, Poolesville, MD
Emily Gill is completing a summer internship at Calleva in Poolesville, MD. In addition to building baby pig pens, fixing watering systems, developing a rotational grazing plan, and creating a plan for tracking animals on the farm, Emily has worked with bees. Click Bee Hive to hear what Emily has to say about this experience. Emily is pursuing degrees in Animal Science and Grazing Livestock Systems.