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The world critically needs more sustainable production systems for food, fuel, fiber and landscapes. The DPH program is a professional program that offers an exciting opportunity to those who want to make a difference in these production systems.
The DPH program is only the second of its kind in the US. It was established as a result of input from a broad spectrum of employers who strongly support the need for this professional training. Graduates from the program will be in great demand in a broad job market. We are excited to be involved in educating students who will have great potential to contribute to these critical needs worldwide.
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A quick glance would lead passers by to believe that little transpires in panhandle fields, other than routine planting, irrigation and harvest. But a Field Day hosted this week by the University of Nebraska's High Plains Agriculture Laboratory, north of Sidney, suggests so much more.
One research project, presented by Dipak Santra, focused on a new millet seed being developed that will require less water for germination and growth. Millet is often a risky crop—temperamental, yet with high returns in good years. Santra is also involved in a project to grow fenugreek, which is popular in India. In addition to its use as an herb, fenugreek is a key ingredient in the production of Metformin, used for treating Type II Diabetes.
Jeff Bradshaw is experimenting with alternative ways to combat the destructive sawfly. Along with the use of pheromones to lure the fly into traps, he is studying the effect of planting to deter the fly. Flax, barley and hardwheat are sturdy enough to prevent sawflies from laying their eggs. When the larvae emerge, they slice wheat stems in half.
Farmers and researchers interested in UNL projects toured the fields in open cars, pulled by tractors. At different stations they heard the progress of the university's studies, both in the field and back at the lab.
Justin McMechan tracks the wheat curl mite, like the sawfly a virulent pest this farming season. His work involves learning the mite's migration patterns—the how and where of an insect's decision making process.
After touring the research fields, on Aug. 6, members of the High Plains Agriculture Laboratory broke ground for a new headquarters building.
Construction was made possible by a fund-raising campaign. A local committee and the University of Nebraska Foundation raised about $500,000 toward completion of the facility.
The 2,800-square-foot building will include a laboratory and space for equipment, conference room, offices for permanent staff and workstations for students or visiting scientists.
About the DPH Program: DPH graduates have a broad core of interdisciplinary knowledge that enables them to address challenges affecting growth and production of plants.
Meet Our Students: View our newsletter to meet some of our student leading this new agricultural career into the future.
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Apply Now: Application requirements and procedure can be found on the Admissions page, along with an online application form.
Notice... don't forget about Student Health Insurance
As a DPH student we encourage you to consider enrolling for health insurance coverage. If you are enrolled for 3 or more credit hours, you are eligible to sign up for health insurance in MyRed. If you are enrolled for less than 3 credit hours, please go directly to the Health Center. Details about coverage, eligiblity and costs are availabe at this link: health.unl.edu/
NOTE: Graduate assistants that have the health insurance benefit with their appointments and international students *do not* have to sign up for health insurance.