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UNL forage and range management specialist seminar set for Oct. 20

"Grazing Management for western Nebraska" is the title of an Oct. 20 seminar at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff.

The speaker will be Dr. Mitchell Stephenson, Range and Forage Management Specialist at the Panhandle Center.

Rangelands cover more than 75 percent of the land area in the Panhandle and Sandhills of Nebraska, the area covered by the Panhandle Extension District. These rangelands are important sources of forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife, and recreation and aesthetic values for humans. Stephenson will discuss the role of rangeland in western Nebraska and some of the current research being conducted by UNL personnel to address some of the challenges faced on rangelands.

The seminar will begin at 3 p.m. in the Bluestem Room. It is free and open to the public.

Stephenson joined the faculty at the Panhandle Center in April 2015. He is responsible for conducting research and extension programs focused on sustainable use and management of rangelands, integration of annual and perennial forage crops to supplement range, ecological implications of grazing, and sustainable livestock production on rangelands.

Stephenson, who grew up in the Nebraska Sandhills, received a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 2014. His graduate research focused on grazing systems, timing of grazing, targeted livestock grazing, cattle distribution, low-stress herding, and other related topics. He received a master's degree in range science in 2010 from the UNL. His professional experience includes working as a range ecologist at the Conservation Research Center at Jackson, Wyo., and as a range technician at Jackson and in Arizona prior to that time.

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