Results from the university’s 2018 Custom Rates Survey indicate rising costs for some custom machine operations and services since the survey was last conducted two years ago. State average labor rates increased 6% to $18.85/hour and average diesel costs increased from $1.68 to $2.46/gallon, which could influence custom rate changes.
John Ruberson, current professor and head of the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University, will join the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Jan. 1, 2019, as head of the Department of Entomology.
Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD group 38 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness. The program is designed to prepare spokespeople, problem-solvers, and decision-makers for Nebraska’s agricultural industry.
Women in the agricultural industry looking to improve their business management skills are encouraged to attend the 2018 Women in Agriculture Conference Feb. 22-23 in Kearney. Topics will focus on managing financial, market, production, human and legal risk. Registrations made by Feb. 13 are discounted.
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team has been awarded a $1 million grant to investigate how to improve land use efficiency by integrating livestock and crop production systems. The project will be funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.