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 2019

Nebraska’s Advantage: Productive Agriculture and Bountiful Natural Resources

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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 one of the six IANR communities: Healthy Systems for Agricultural Production and Natural Resources.

The focus of the 2019 SDN publication reflects on the harmonization of agriculture and natural resources and the impact of looking at both topics together. Each story mentions an advantage unique to Nebraska and offers a description of the current work being completed, the societal impact of this work, and predicted future directions.

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Bomb Cyclone and Flooding Across Nebraska

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Photo Credit: Nebraska Emergency Management Agency in partnership with Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska National Guard

In March 2019, a rare phenomenon “bomb cyclone” triggered catastrophic flooding across the state of Nebraska. Significant amounts of snow fell in a short amount of time and rapid snowmelt following the storm caused historic flooding.

Farms and ranches lost significant numbers of livestock, entire communities were evacuated because they were underwater and crop production was stunted, if not completely lost for the year.

The stories in this 2019 Strategic Discussions for Nebraska were written before this storm hit and were left in original form as the long-term impact of these events on Nebraska agricultural and natural resources is yet to be determined.

SDN sends our heartfelt thoughts to everyone across Nebraska impacted by the storm and the flood. Together, we are all #NebraskaStrong.

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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

Senior-level 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 as part of their senior capstone course each spring.

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