Department News

Faculty, team excellence recognized during 2023 IANR Distinguished Faculty Celebration

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Recipients of the 2023 IANR faculty awards, along with all IANR faculty members who hold endowed chairs or professorships, were celebrated on Sept. 21 at the annual IANR Distinguished Faculty Celebration.

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Join us for ALEC 805: Advanced Teaching Strategies (in person or online)!

Graduate students studying

Join us for ALEC 805: Advanced Teaching Strategies (in person or online)!

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ALEC hosts wide-ranging CASE food science training for Nebraska ag teachers

Agricultural teachers participating in the CASE Food Science and Safety event in Wayne are challenged to vary the key ingredients in a cookie recipe, then see how the changes affect taste, flavor, texture and aroma. (Monty Larsen | Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department)

In Nebraska, the training sessions since 2011 “have allowed nearly 200 classroom teachers to gain hands-on experience in utilizing the CASE curriculum,” said Monty Larsen, an ALEC faculty lecturer who provides outreach support for Nebraska agricultural and skilled technical science educators.

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Dr. Nathan Conner, ALEC Faculty, earns faculty Fulbright to teach, develop curriculum in Jamaica

Dr. Nathan Conner

Nathan Conner, associate professor in agricultural leadership, education and communication at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has been selected for a Fulbright Fellowship.

Conner will be teaching and conducting research at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education in Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica, from August through June 2024.

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Dr. Mary Emery is leading the way for The Heartland Regional Food Business Center

Dr. Mary Emery and USDA Grant partners

Led by Mary Emery, Rural Prosperity Nebraska will work with 33 partners to create a resource hub for regional food systems that serves residents of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The center is one of 12 that the USDA is establishing across the country with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Nebraska Today | May 25, 2023

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Nebraska-led center aimed at strengthening food supply chain featured on RFD-TV

Dr. Mary Emery

Mary Emery, director of Rural Prosperity Nebraska, recently talked with RFD-TV about a University of Nebraska–Lincoln led program that will establish 12 Regional Food Business Centers to help strengthen local food supply chains.  Nebraska Today | May 17, 2023

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Rural Prosperity Nebraska receives $25M USDA award for Regional Food Center

An employee of Pekarek’s Produce, from Dwight, Nebraska, sets up a table to sell produce at the Haymarket Farmers Market in Lincoln.

Mary Emery, executive director of Rural Prosperity Nebraska, said the award would help paint a clear picture of the farmers, distributors and other major players in the region’s local food system.

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Becky Haddad presents: How Teaching Works: Engaging the Work of Learning

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Students talk about food insecurity at the Western Nebraska Youth Institute competition

Students at the Western Nebraska Youth Institute

Students that compete in the Western Nebraska Youth Institute competition research about living conditions and food insecurity in different countries. The students submit their solutions to food insecurity in the different countries and present those solutions to a panel of food insecurity global experts.

Renee Donner, ALEC Recruiter, talks about the competition and it's impact.

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ALEC is hosting the Western Nebraska World Food Prize Competition

2022 Students in World Food Prize competition

The UNL Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Department and the Nebraska Department of Education host the Western Nebraska Youth Institute. The students researched living conditions and food insecurity in various countries and then proposed a solution to a food insecurity issue in that country. They will present their solutions to global experts who know about food insecurity or production issues around the world.

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