DPH Students Attend Sustainable Agriculture Summit

Jacob Nikodym, Lee Briese, Lindsay Overmyer, Zach Rystrom, Chris Chen, Sarah Blecha, Emily Stine, Amy Hauver and Dr. Gary Hein
Students meeting with Jamie Powers, Environmental Defense Fund, Sustainability Project Manager

Dr. Gary Hein, DPH Director and eight DPH students attended the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Kansas City November 15-16. The students attending were: Jacob Nikodym, Lee Briese, Lindsay Overmyer, Zach Rystrom, Chris Chen, Sarah Blecha, Emily Stine and Amy Hauver. The vision of the Sustainable Agriculture Summit is to strengthen the supply chain network of producers, agribusinesses, retailers, and influencers who drive continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The event provided opportunities for members of the agricultural supply chain to engage with leading experts and learn more about key sustainability challenges and opportunities.

Students recognized at the Distinguished Fellowship Award Luncheon

Amy Hauver and Tiffany Heng-Moss, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Jacob Nikodym and Tiffany Heng-Moss, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Congratulations to our Doctor of Plant Health students that were recognized at the Distinguished Fellowship Award Luncheon, Monday, November 6th. Amy Hauver and Jacob Nikodym were recognized for receiving the National Needs Fellowship and Salvador Ramirez II received the 2017 NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Salvador Ramirez II and Tiffany Heng-Moss, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Lee Briese receives ICCA Award

Lee BrieseLee Briese

Congratulations to DPH student Lee Briese on receiving the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) of the Year award at the ASA/CSSA/SSSA Conference in Tampa, FL, October 21-25th, 2017.

The award recognizes a Certified Crop Adviser who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown leadership in their field, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge in the agriculture industry.

Dr. Gary Hein and students attend ASA/CSSA/SSSA Conference

Gary Hein speaks at the recruitment table
Dr. Gary Hein at the Doctor of Plant Health and Agronomy/Horticulture recruitment table along with Richard Ferguson, Interim Dept Head, Agronomy & Horticulture.
Salvador Ramirez speaking at a podium
Salvador Ramirez II, DPH student

Dr. Gary Hein, DPH Director, attended the ASA/CSSA/SSSA 2017 Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL this week, October 22-25th. This year it hosted more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the annual meeting, "Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future".

Salvador Ramirez II, DPH student, also attended and presented three oral presentations: Soil science education, crop rotation and organic study.

Joshua Miller, DPH, PhD accepts position at BASF

Dr. Gary Hein
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

Salvador Ramirez II Invited to Production Agriculture Symposium

Salvador Ramirez II, middle

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

National Needs Fellowship Opportunity!

Check out the National Needs Fellowship Opportunity the DPH Program has available; contact us for more information!


Lee Briese receives 2016 Consultant of the Year Award

Lee Briese

Lee Briese, a current DPH student, received the 2016 Consultant of the Year award from the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC) at their annual meeting in St. Louis, Jan. 18-21, 2017. There were two winners this year, Griffin Vlestra and Lee. Lee was nominated for the work he does with his farmer customers, for his continued pursuit of education, his involvement as chairman of the North Dakota board for the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program and his advocacy for conservation and integrated management.

Lee has given presentations to farmers, bankers and the general public in 3 states on soil conservation, herbicide resistant weed management and cover crops. He tries to encourage farmers, consultants and scientists to proactively manage farms and challenges such as weeds, insects and disease as complete ecosystems rather than as independent problems.

Lee and Dr. Hein also presented updates on the DPH program at the NAICC business meeting.

Salvador Ramirez II Receives APS Foundation Award

The APS Foundation Board has awarded Salvador Ramirez II the 2017 J. Artie and Arra Browning Plant Medicine Health Travel Fund Award. Salvador will use the award to cover travel expenses while he attends the 2017 tri-societies meetings in Tampa, FL this October. Congratulations Salvador!