Agronomy and Horticulture Online Master's Degree and Academic Certificate Program

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Welcome to the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture online program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! This homepage describes the online Master's Degree in Agronomy or Horticulture as well as online graduate certificates. These distance education programs will help you move your agricultural career forward without ever having to leave your home or community.

"If you want to go far, go together," Professor Steve Baenziger quoting an African proverb in this video above.  View his comments on why you should come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and join the collegial atmosphere in the Agronomy and Horticulture online program.

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Register today for upcoming Mini Modules

Plant Breeding Flyer for Heterosis and Genetic Engineering

Join other Plant Breeding & Genetics Professionals for two upcoming mini-modules! Improving Plants Using Hybrid Vigor (Heterosis) starts Feb. 25 and Genetic Engineering in Plants starts March 25. Details at https://agrohortonline.unl.edu/pbg.

  1. Improving Plants Using Hybrid Vigor starts Feb. 25 and covers classical concepts of heterosis in a 5-week session. Instructors will introduce learners to concepts such as genetic hypotheses for hybrid vigor, quantitative genetics of heterosis, and new tools to study hybrid vigor. Register at https://agrohortonline.unl.edu/heterosis-plant-breeding.
  2. Genetic Engineering in Plants starts March 25. This module is designed to provide agribusiness professionals with an introduction to genetic engineering in plants. During this 7-week module, learners will be provided with information about the basic steps needed to produce a genetically engineered plant. Registration is at https://agrohortonline.unl.edu/crop-genetic-engineering.
These modules are part of the Plant Breeding & Genetics professional certificate at the Nebraska Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. The online Learning Community (virtual classroom) is located at https://campus.extension.org/.

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Plant Breeding Flyer

Registration is open for spring modules in the Plant Breeding & Genetics professional certificate at the Nebraska Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. These modules are a great opportunity to study with plant breeding and genetics experts, grow your career, and impact the world while staying in your home community. See our flyer for the spring modules and visit us at https://agrohortonline.unl.edu/pbg to learn more about the program. We look forward to working with you in 2019!

Kreuser receives Emerging Innovator of the Year Award

Dr. Bill Kreuser with Innovator of the Year award

Bill Kreuser , assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, Nebraska Extension turfgrass specialist, and member of the department's Distance Education Committee , was presented with the Emerging Innovator of the Year award during the NUtech Ventures 2018 Innovator Celebration Nov. 6 at Nebraska Innovation Campus . The Emerging Innovator of the Year award recognizes a junior faculty member for recent contributions as an up-and-coming innovator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kreuser created GreenKeeper , a decision support software tool based on research from university turf experts to help turfgrass professionals manage and schedule the application of fertilizers and other turf products. Working with Nutech Ventures, Kreuser launched a startup company, TurfGrade, to continually improve the user experience, add the latest research and cover growing operating expenses.  More information about his work and the award is at https://agronomy.unl.edu/news/kreuser-receives-emerging-innovator-year-award.

Sutter Hired as Distance Education Specialist

McKinzie Sutter

McKinzie Sutter joined the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Aug. 13 as a distance education specialist. She works to create and improve educational materials for students pursuing a degree or professional development online.
Sutter's position combines online teaching with instructional design support for faculty and staff in the department and is part of the distance education team led by coordinator Leah Sandall. Originally from Omaha, Sutter began her teaching career in agronomy and horticulture as a teaching assistant while yet an undergraduate in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She continued in the department as a distance education intern after she received a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries and wildlife, specializing in ecology. She then decided to pursue a Master of Science degree in natural resources and a minor in college STEM education, hoping for an opportunity to return someday in an educational capacity. After earning a master's degree in May 2017, she took a field and lab technician position in agroecosystem management research with the USDA-ARS. She spent the summer of 2018 working as an instructor for Agronomy 215 Genetics which helped solidify her aspirations to work in plant science education. "I'm excited to be back in the department, and I look forward to working with many content experts and teaching-minded people," Sutter said. "I enjoy learning about improved instructional practices and applying them to online environments." Sutter lives in Lincoln and enjoys hiking with her husband, Trevor, and their dog, Oakley. She planted her first urban garden last spring, and she looks forward to enlarging it.