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The Center draws upon the expertise of many individuals, units, and organizations within and outside the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Although largely centered within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, faculty and staff in other units at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Nebraska State Colleges and universities in other states are also involved.

The Center continues to develop partnerships with additional institutions and organizations. For example, the Center facilitated formation of and continues to coordinate activities of two multi-state groups of researchers and extension specialists who work in areas of forage utilization by livestock. These partnerships will enhance collaborative efforts and allow the Center to better serve grassland interests in Nebraska, the Great Plains and nationwide.

Policy Advisory Committee

This committee is composed of University of Nebraska–Lincoln deans, department heads, selected faculty members, initially appointed by the Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition, directors of state and federal agencies serve on the board. The Policy Advisory Committee serves with the director to set policy, develop budget, review goals and objectives, and seek additional support for programs initiated by the Center. Current members include:

Member's NameDepartmentYears Served
Keenan Amundsen Associate Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture 2015 - Present
Tom Bragg Professor, Biology (UNO) 2011 - Present
Archie Clutter Dean, Agricultural Research Division 2017 - Present
Craig Derickson State Conservationist, USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service 2011 - Present
Jim Douglas Director, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission 1995 - Present
Clint Krehbiel Department Head, Animal Science 2020 - Present
Rob Mitchell Research Agronomist, USDA, Agricultural Research Service 2011 - Present
Larkin Powell Interim Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 2020 - Present
Brent Plugge Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension 2013 - Present
Larry Van Tassell Department Head, Agricultural Economics 2010 - Present
David Wedin Ecosystem Ecologist, School of Natural Resource Sciences 2000 - Present
Dayle Williamson Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (Formerly) 1995 - Present

Former PAC Members

NameAffiliationYears Served
Ann Antlfinger Professor, Biology, University of Nebraska-Omaha 2000 - 2011
Alan Baquet Director (Retired), PGA Golf Management Program 2005 - 2009
Dennis Brink Professor, Animal Science 1995 - 2002
Merlyn Carlson Nebraska Department of Agriculture (Retired) 1999 - 2005
Ron Case Emeritus Professor, School of Natural Resources 1995 - 1999
Richard Clark Agricultural Economics 1995 - 2005
John Craig Director (Retired), Nebraska Department of Roads 2000 - 2009
Steve Chick State Conservationist (Retired), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 2004 - 2010
Roch Gaussoin Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture 2004 - 2011
Terry Gompert Nebraska Extension 1995 - 2011
Mat Habrock Assistant Director, Nebraska Department of Agriculture 2017
Greg Ibach Director (Former), Nebraska Department of Agriculture 2005 - 2017
Anthony Joern Professor, School of Biological Sciences 1995 - 2002
Kathleen Keeler Professor, Biological Sciences 2002 - 2006
Terry Klopfenstein Professor (Emeritus), Animal Science 2003 - 2020
Svata Louda Charles Bessey Professor, Biological Sciences 2008 - 2009
Constance Miller State Forester, USDA NRCS 1995 - 1996
Lowell Moser Professor (Emeritus), Agronomy and Horticulture 1995 - 2005
Zach Reicher Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture 2011 - 2014
Sabrina Russo Associate Professor, Biological Sciences 2010 - 2020
Robert Shearman Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture 1995 - 2003
Larry Sitzman Executive Director, Nebraska Pork Producers (Retired) 1995 - 1998
Jim Stubbendieck Professor (Emeritus), Agronomy and Horticulture 2005 - 2017
Ken Vogel Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture 1995 - 2011
Steve Waller IANR Administration 1995 - 2017

Citizens Advisory Council

A statewide Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) is appointed by the director of the Center for Grassland Studies to provide programmatic oversight. The rotating membership represents a balance of diverse constituency served by the Center. Current CAC members are listed below with each serving through the year listed next to their names.

Member's NameHometownYears Serving Thru
Jon Albro Bayard, NE 2018
Bill Bieck McCook Country Club, McCook, NE 2018
Ron Bolze Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, Chadron, NE 2020
Homer Buell Bassett, NE 2018
Barbara Cooksley Anselmo, NE 2018
Jim Girardin Arrow Seed Company, Broken Bow, NE 2020
Mace Hack The Nature Conservancy, Omaha, NE 2018
Rod Horn South Platte NRD, Sidney, NE 2020
Andre Hoyt United Seeds, Inc., Omaha, NE 2020
Josh Mahar Wild Horse Golf Course, Gothenburg, NE 2020
Paul Meyer West Point, NE 2020
Dave Stock Stock Seed Farms, Murdock, NE 2018
Wayne Thorson Todd Valley Farms, Mead, NE 2018
Ray Ward Ward Laboratories, Inc., Kearney, NE 2020

Former CAC members

Member's NameHometownYears Served
Boyd Atkinson Benkelman, NE 1996 - 2007
Tom Athy Lincoln, NE 2005 - 2006
Jim Barr York, NE 1996 - 2019
Frank Bruning Bruning, NE 1996 - 2017
Roger Chesley Callaway, NE 2003 - 2017
Daryl Cisney Ogallala, NE 1996 - 2019
Byron Eatinger Thedford, NE 1998 - 2005
Duane Hovorka Gaithersburg, MD 1997 - 2007
Jim Jenkins Callaway, NE 2000 - 2019
Jim Jensen Herman, NE 1996 - 2009
Ron Klataske Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary/Audubon of Kansas, Manhattan, KS 1998 - 2019
Steve Merkel Landscapes Golf Group, Omaha, NE 2000 - 2019
Robert Milligan Omaha, NE 1998 - 2002
Allen Overcash Woods & Aitken, LLP, Lincoln, NE 1996 - 2019
Steve Riley Waverly, NE 2010 - 2017
Lowell Schroeder Stanton, NE 1996 - 2017

Associates of the Center for Grassland Studies

Programmatic activity related to the Center's mission is carried out by associates involved in research, extension, teaching or technical assistance.