Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension educator based in Kimball County, recently received a 2011 Dinsdale Family Faculty Award.
The awards honor untenured faculty who have demonstrated commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and outreach.
Berger was recognized for excellent programming development and delivery, with impact. He focuses his extension teaching responsibilities within the UNL Extension Beef Spires, in particular on cow-calf operations. He uses an integrated approach and has been instrumental in providing leadership both within the district and statewide. Berger has been instrumental in establishing a High Plains Ranch Practicum, using the model of the Ranch Practicum, but adapted for the High Plains region reaching into Wyoming. He has formed a partnership with University of Wyoming Extension for the development and delivery of the program. This effort was recently extended to a third state and this successful collaborative team was recently the recipient of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture award for "Tri-State Ranch Management Practicum: Beginning Rancher Education and Development Program."
He has reached across state lines to coordinate, instruct, facilitate, promote and evaluate a Wyoming/Nebraska Beef Production Conference.
The award also noted Berger's development of curriculum and written publications used by extension clientele in western Nebraska. In his coordinating role with the district livestock group, a communications plan was developed that has kept livestock and range management issues in front of clientele via Web materials such as podcasts, and in radio and newspaper media.
The Dinsdale awards are named after Roy Dinsdale, a 1948 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration who worked in a family farming and cattle operation. Dinsdale made a gift to the NU Foundation to create the awards in support of his alma mater and his family's interest in agriculture.