Agronomy and Horticulture centennial events Sept. 17-18


The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture will celebrate its centennial Sept. 18 with the re-dedication of Keim Hall, tours, displays, a barbecue lunch and panel discussions on future issues.

"The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture is celebrating a century of innovation and education in support of Nebraska's agriculture enterprise," said Mark Lagrimini, agronomy and horticulture department head. "We will recognize the historic figures who have transformed agriculture into the state's economic engine and look into the future of agriculture in the nation's economy and the role in which the department will play in the next transformation focusing on profitability and sustainability."

The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. in the East Union's Great Plains Room with a reunion of departmental clubs and other groups along with tours of the newly remodeled, LEED-certified Keim Hall. Coffee and rolls will be available.

A 10 a.m. panel discussion will cover topics related to breeding and genetics, soil and water conservation, biofuels, plant biology and nutrition and sustainable landscapes.

Displays, including a history timeline of the department, also will be featured.

A barbecue lunch at noon will follow the panel discussion, and additional tours of East and City campuses, demonstration plots and other displays will be continued afterward. The celebration will adjourn with displays and additional tours if needed. All activities begin at the East Union.

In addition, a rededication of Keim Hall will be at 3 p.m. on the south side of the building Sept. 17. An alumni banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 17. For more information about the banquet, call Kathy Schindler at (402) 472-1508.

A centennial scholarship also has been made available in honor of the celebration for current agronomy and horticulture students.

For more information about the scholarship or the celebration, go to

- Sandi Alswager Karstens, IANR News Service

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