Support the Northeast Research and Extension Center
The University of Nebraska Northeast Research and Extension Center is a research and extension facility of the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). The role of the faculty and staff in this unit is to prevent or solve problems using research-based information. They subscribe to the notion that their programs should be high quality, ecologically sound, economically viable, socially
responsible and scientifically appropriate. Through well-targeted training backgrounds and continuous updating via the Internet and other telecommunications technologies, our staff have the most current information available to help our clientele in their 28 county area of northeast Nebraska.
The Northeast Research and Extension Center is also home to the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory. Beginning in 1957, the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory has been investigating, solving, and disseminating information focused on Northeast Nebraska. Extensive and thorough field research and demonstration efforts have been environmentally focused. Their mile-long riparian buffer strip has provided numerous opportunities to study water quality and plant diversity. Irrigation management studies have progressed to include subsurface drip irrigation system analysis. Scientists have continued to address water quantity and quality issues as they arise. Production issues such as insects affecting corn, soybean, and alfalfa production are routinely studied. Several specialists are working with organic crop production. Control of invasive weed species in cropland, rangeland, and aquatic habitats remains a cornerstone at HAL. Livestock research, both swine and beef, continue to be an intricate part of our mission. Beef production research has focused on managing environmental and nutritional concerns. Research efforts continue in key areas of finishing cattle; and have been expanded to include manure management. A renewable bioenergy research, demonstration, and education program is being developed in the areas of wind, solar, and alcohol. The goal for this project to assist rural Nebraska become more energy independent and sustainable. Positive youth development, family, and community development are supported by many of the Northeast District Extension staff. They offer educational programs to human, social, and financial capital with several key areas of technology education, leadership development, community planning, 4-H, and after school programs.