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

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!

DPH Students Receive Degrees at December Commencement

Gary and Josh Hooding
Doctor of Plant Health Director, Dr. Gary Hein and Dr. Joshua Miller

Congratulations to our new Doctor of Plant Health recipient, Dr. Joshua Miller, who received his DPH degree on Friday, December 9th at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Joshua Jay Miller presented his Doctoral Seminar, “The Role of Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Research To Meet the Challenges Facing Agriculture in the 21st Century” on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. He will be working on his PhD in Plant Pathology with the intention to graduate in May of 2017.

Sarah Josh Graduation
Sarah Blecha and Dr. Joshua Miller

Congratulations to Sarah Marie Blecha on receiving her MS in Agronomy on December 9th, 2016. Sarah started the DPH program in the fall of 2016, and will continue working on her DPH degree.

Gary Josh Graduation
Sarah Blecha, Doctor of Plant Health Director Dr. Gary Hein, Dr. Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller to present Doctoral Defense Seminar

Dr. Gary Hein

DPH student Joshua Miller will present his Doctoral Defense Seminar, “The Role of Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Research to Meet the Challenges Facing Agriculture in the 21st Century”, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Keim 150. Refreshments will be served.

DPH Students Receive The William J. Curtis Fellowship Award

Dr. Gary Hein
Adam Striegel, Sarah Blecha and Aaron Sedivy

Congratulations to Adam Striegel, Sarah Blecha, Aaron Sedivy and Emily Stine (not pictured)-all current DPH students-on receiving The William J. Curtis Fellowship Award. They were recognized at the Distinguished Fellowships and Awards Luncheon on November 8, 2016.

New online tool developed by DPH student Josh Miller helps soybean farmers