Strategic Discussions for Nebraska

A Publication from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Strategic Discussions for Nebraska Communicating Science for All Audiences

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SDN 2022

Nebraska's Stress Relief: Solutions for Land, Soil, Water, People, & Animals

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Strategic Discussions for Nebraska is a publication of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). This year’s topic represents work in of the six IANR communities: Stress Biology, with each story offering ways to alleviate stress on land, soil, water, people, and animals.

Specifically, this edition includes stories on programming – from Nebraska Extension being available for crisis planning and aftermath response, to the National Drought Mitigation Center helping farmers and ranchers determine ways to deal with drought, to the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network offering expertise for improving soil.

SDN 2022 also introduces new, interdisciplinary hubs such as the Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (WICS) Hub, the Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems (NIBS) Hub, and the Center for Resilience in Agricultural Working Landscapes (CRAWL) that work with Nebraskans to keep our water, beef, and land healthy.

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IANR Communities of Practice and Discovery

In 2011, six IANR communities of practice and discovery were formed as intentionally focus areas strength within IANR in an effort to propel Nebraska forward. The six communities include:

Computational Sciences - striving to efficiently and effectively analyze and report large sets of high-quality data in ways to be shared with the public.

Science Literacy - encouraging members of society to analyze complex challenges and make science-informed decisions in real-world situations.

Healthy Systems for Agricultural Production and Natural Resources - building on expertise in soil health, water resources, ecology, risk analysis, and plant and animal systems to help Nebraskans develop resilient agricultural production and natural resources systems.

Drivers of Economic Vitality for Nebraska - strengthening Nebraska’s entrepreneurial approaches to stimulate economic development and increase the vitality of Nebraska’s communities and the quality of life of its people.

Healthy Humans - establishing a research-based understanding to advance human health in relationships to healthy communities by conducting studies from basic biomedical research directed to understand disease, to nutritional foods and strategies that promote physical and mental well-being.

Stress Biology - improving production, health, and well-being for animal, plant, and human systems to better understand how organisms and systems adapt to stressors such as drought, insects, heat, and cold.

In recent years, Strategic Discussions for Nebraska (SDN) has rotated through the IANR communities as a publication theme as a way of highlighting these intentional IANR focus areas. The goal of SDN is to provide a snapshot of IANR research, teaching, and Extension efforts.

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) focuses on people and the food, energy, water, natural resources and communities that sustain them.

IANR scientific innovation in the land-grant mission areas of teaching, research and Extension places Nebraska on the leading edge of food production, environmental stewardship, human nutrition, business development and youth engagement.

IANR comprises the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), the Agricultural Research Division (ARD), Nebraska Extension, and the ARD and Extension components of three departments in the College of Education and Human Services.

IANR is committed to growing the future of Nebraska’s people, businesses and communities.

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska highlights teaching, research, and Extension projects occurring within IANR with the goal of communicating the work to a general audience.

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Students Create SDN Content

Students in the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication program in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication write the stories for the Strategic Discussions for Nebraska publication. Senior students also provided photography for the publication and created promotional content for the website and social media.

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