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The world critically needs more sustainable production systems for food, fuel, fiber and landscapes.  The Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) program is a professional program that offers an exciting opportunity to those who want to be leaders and make a difference in these productions systems. Graduates from the program are in high demand... we are experiencing 100% employment upon graduation!


Joshua Miller, DPH, PhD accepts position at BASF

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Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller, DPH, PhD recently accepted a position with BASF for the role of Technical Market Manager – Crop Protection/Fungicides. The position is based out of Research Triangle Park, NC. Joshua will be working at the intersection of biology, marketing, sales, and regulatory to develop recommendations for product positioning and communicate technical information internally and externally. He will also support Technical Service Representatives across the country. Joshua, along with his wife Lindsay and three children, Ruby Lyn, Jude, and Jo Rae, are excited for the next chapter in their lives, but will miss the “Nebraska family” they are leaving behind. "Go Big Red!”.

Congratulations to the UNL Crops Judging Team!

Congratulations to the UNL Crops Judging Team on their recent success at competition!  The team is coached by our current DPH student, Adam Striegel; check out the article below for more information on how they did:

On April 6th, the UNL Crops Judging Team traveled to the "Little Apple”- Manhattan, KS to compete at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference. Hosted by Kansas State University, the team competed in three of the thirteen contests: Crops Judging, Precision Agriculture and the Knowledge Bowl in the four-year university division.

UNL placed 2nd in the Precision Agriculture contest where students were quizzed over harvester settings as well as planter and sprayer calibration,  and agronomic math. Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke and Junior Bryant Biskup.

UNL placed 3rd in the Crops Judging contest where students were quizzed over plant and seed identification of 140 species of crops and weeds, general agronomic knowledge, agronomic math, and  a lab practical covering the identification of insects, diseases and machinery, machinery components,  agronomic inputs and pesticides, abiotic damage identification, plant staging and grain staging. Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke and Cody Kuester. Also competing were juniors Bryant Biskup and Bryan Wietjes, and sophomores Samantha Teten, Collin Thompson and Kolby Grint which were unsecured to maintain eligibility for next year.

Senior member Jon Jahnke was also recognized for first place overall individual in the Math Exam component. Over 140 students competed in the crops judging contest.

UNL placed 3rd in the Knowledge Bowl where students were quizzed over questions relating to agronomy, food science, animal science, agricultural economics, and other related disciplines.  Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke, Junior Bryant Biskup and Sophomore Collin Thompson.

“Overall, I don’t think I could have asked for a better NACTA” Coach Striegel stated, “This was our freshman appearance as an organized crops team. To immediately compete with other programs which have been established for many years is remarkable, and I for one am extremely excited to see how we compete next year”.

Students interested in the crops judging team are encouraged to reach out to Adam Striegel Adam.Striegel@huskers.unl.edu

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Salvador Ramirez II Invited to Production Agriculture Symposium

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Salvador Ramirez II, a current DPH student, was invited to speak at the Production Agriculture Symposium February 22nd, 2017 at the University of Minnesota. Salvador’s presentation, “Biofuels or Biology, Can We Have Both?” was one of the breakout sessions offered. Additionally he presented a poster titled “Increasing Diversity of Crop Rotations Alters Soil Microbial Communities under Variable Rates of Nitrogen Fertilization”, placing 1st in the competition and receiving a cash prize. The featured topic at the symposium was “Increasing Cropping System Diversity While Maintaining Yield & Profit”.

Salvador Ramirez II