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The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has announced that it will award its 2019 Early Career Award to Dr. Cody F. Creech, dryland cropping systems specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

The CSSA announced the award in a news release. It will be formally presented at the CSSA Awards Ceremony on Nov.13 during the scientific society’s annual conference at San Antonio, Texas.

The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.

Creech, an Assistant Professor in the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

His research and extension efforts focus on enhancing agronomic practices to increase profitability, optimizing soil water conservation, and delivering weed management solutions. His research has refined the seeding recommendations for winter wheat and evaluated the role wheat residue has in facilitating soil water conservation.

He is an active member of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and national and regional Weed Science societies. Cody serves as the faculty supervisor for the High Plains Ag Lab and as an associate editor for the Agronomy Journal. He is also a Robert B. Daugherty Institute Global Water for Food Faculty Fellow.

According to a news release from CSSA, the Early Career Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in crop science within seven years of completing their final degree. The award consists of a certificate, a complimentary ticket to the award ceremony, and $2,000.

Award nominees are evaluated on evidence of quality teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels; effectiveness in extension and outreach activities; significance and originality of basic and/or applied research; achievements in private sector application of agronomy, crop and/or soil science; or contributions to the public or professional organizations and institutions.

The 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium, the 26th iteration of this four-state educational event, will return to Nebraska with a Nov. 18-20 run at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds Events Center in Mitchell.

“Moving Science into Practice” is this year’s theme. Industry experts will speak about a wide range of topics, including headline-grabbing debates such as cell-cultured meats, as well as a wide range of industry concerns such as  finances, reproduction, calving, and nutrition.

The Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) has been offered every other year since 1969, hosted by the University of Nebraska, the University of Wyoming, South Dakota State, and Colorado State. The event rotates among Colorado, western Nebraska, western South Dakota, dand Wyoming, and its focus is beef production issues in the western states.

Registration is open and available on-line at beef.unl.edu/range-beef-cow-symposium. The website allows people to register and pay online, as well as providing information and printable forms for mail-in participants

For more information, contact UNL Cow-calf/Stocker Specialist Karla Wilke at 308-632-1245 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center or kjenkins2@unl.edu.

“The Range Beef Cow Symposium is a great place for producers to visit with industry personnel about pharmaceutical options, cattle handling equipment, agricultural loans, breed selection, nutritional products, and so much more all in one location,” Wilke said.

The RBCS attracts attendees from across the region and more than 80 agribusinesses, with its long-standing history of emphasizing education on such topics as nutrition and management, marketing, reproduction, genetic selection, grazing management, and estate planning.

This year’s agenda will blend familiar offerings with new ways of sharing knowledge. On the afternoon of Nov. 18, Beef Quality Assurance certification will be offered, followed by a Ron Gill Stockmanship Clinic.

On Nov. 19 and 20, the morning sessions will consist of traditional topics indoors at the events center. But part of the afternoon each day will consist of breakout sessions with hands-on presentations. Each of these will be repeated several times, and symposium attendees also can spend this time visiting vendors and interact with the industry-supporting services who help sponsor the event.

Each evening is rounded out with a “bull pen” session, following an evening meal in Gering at the Gering Civic Center, which allows producers to interact with the speakers from that day, and have thought-provoking discussions about the topics that were presented.

Bob Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for the American Phytopathological Society’s (APS) North Central Division.

The award recognizes outstanding effort or contribution in teaching, control of a significant plant disease, or service to the science of plant pathology in an effort that goes beyond the recipient’s job or responsibility. Harveson was recognized at the APS meeting in Cleveland earlier in August.

Harveson has been the Extension Plant Pathologist at the Panhandle Center since 1999. He received a Ph.D. in plant pathology in 1999 from the University of Florida; a master’s degree in plant pathology from Texas A&M University; a bachelor’s degree in plant/soil science from Tarleton State University; and a bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity University.

He was nominated by Loren Geisler, professor and head of the UNL Department of Plant Pathology, and Tamra A. Jackson-Ziems, professor of plant pathology at UNL. In their nomination, they wrote that Harveson “… has generously given of his time with decades of effort that support the science of plant pathology. He has clearly established himself as a regional, national, and international authority on diseases of specialty crops grown in the North Central Region of the U.S.  Bob has also become one of the greatest champions of plant pathology in the world.”

In the Panhandle, Harveson works locally with producers and industry members to identify, prevent, and manage diseases of specialty crops such as sugar beet, dry edible beans, sunflowers, and other pulse crops. He frequently contributes articles to news media in the Panhandle.

In Harveson’s lab at the Panhandle Center, he and his staff have conducted more than 25 projects with diseases of nine crop species in 2019. His lab also provides disease diagnostic services for more than 300 samples per year submitted by clientele.

Harveson’s writings – including books, chapters, journal articles, technical articles, extension publications, and articles for news media – were cited as his most remarkable contribution. In the last five years, he has generated 291 publications, including 20 refereed journal articles, one book, 23 book chapters, 11 technical peer-reviewed articles, 220 extension and service activity publications, and 16 professional meeting abstracts. He is the lead editor on three disease compendia (for sugar beet diseases and pests, sunflower diseases and pests, and the upcoming pea diseases and pests). He also was the author of the popular book “The Bacterium of Many Colors,” published in 2015 by APS Press.

Harveson’s nomination also cited his contributions to the history of the plant pathology. He recently completed two sequential three-year terms as a senior editor for APS Press and has renewed another three-year term as the feature editor for the APS website and Plant Health Instructor journal. He also produces a monthly column on plant pathology history for the APS newsletter, Phytopathology News, designed and written in the form of Paul Harvey’s “Rest of the Story,” and contributes a monthly historical series of articles highlighting significant scientific contributions by UNL agricultural personnel. He has also recently started writing a new series focusing on the impacts of plant diseases on society and world history.

The nomination also cited Harveson’s contributions to his profession as an example and mentor to younger faculty members; his close work with counterparts in other states; and hosting of students and faculty from UNL and other institutions.