The first Leu Distinguished Lecture was in 1998 and served as the beginning of an annual lecture to honor the grassland heritage of Nebraska. Frank and Margaret Leu had a deep passion for education and vision for sustaining the stewardship of the Nebraska grasslands for future generations. Through the knowledge and insights of the Leu Distinguished Lecturers, Frank and Margaret Leu's vision is now and forever part of our grassland legacy.
Since 1995 the Center for Grassland Studies has offered a seminar series during the first semester of the school year. The CGS Fall Seminar Series features guest lecturers from on and off campus who speak on topics related to the Center's mission. Seminars, which are free and open to the public, take place on Mondays during the fall semester from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union.
Nebraska Grazing Conference
The NGC is designed for people with an interest in the utilization and conservation of our grazing lands, and a desire to learn the most current information on grazing livestock systems and their impact on our lands. Beginning and experienced graziers, land managers, and policy makers can all benefit from attending the NGC. While the focus is on Nebraska, information is applicable beyond its borders, evidenced by the fact that participants come from several states each year. The average attendance at the NGC is 200 participants.
Nebraska Ranch Practicum
The Nebraska Ranch Practicum is a three-season, hands-on educational program designed to give participants the skills and education needed in today’s complex ranching industry. Participants will develop their ability to efficiently use decision support tools to evaluate management and marketing alternatives dealing with grazing strategies and systems, methods of managing market risk, calving and weaning dates, winter livestock nutrition, cull cow management, feed rations and mineral supplements.