Haskell Ag Lab Open House August 13

Haskell Ag Lab Open House August 13

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Haskell Agricultural Laboratory will be hosting an Open House and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System Wednesday, Aug. 13. 

The event, which will highlight current research and extension work, as well as extension's past and future, will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at the UNL facility at 57905 866 Road, Concord. 

The event will include an array of exhibits and tours of the research farm that will run every half hour with the last tour leaving at 4:30 p.m. After each tour a special UNL Dairy Store Centennial ice cream will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The Haskell Ag Lab grew out of local interest in creating a base for UNL to conduct ag research in northeast Nebraska. The Experimental Farm Association took donation of a 320-acre farm from the C.D. Haskell family and turned it over to the University of Nebraska in 1957. About 10 years ago, the site, originally named the Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm, was renamed the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory in honor of the donors. The facility continues to conduct research in beef cattle, swine, crop production and crop nutrition, pesticides and other ag and natural resources issues. 

The research has been extended to farmers and ranchers in northeast Nebraska and beyond through Extension workshops and publications and has helped producers increase yields, decrease costs, and protect the environment.  In addition, Extension staff help youth and adults put knowledge to work in areas of 4-H and youth development, parent education, nutrition and health, food safety, community development, entrepreneurship and many more.