Who Is coming
Change afoot in World Grain Markets
Working for AgResource since 2008, Ben Buckner is a specialist in grain markets. Originally from Tennessee, and the grandson of a dairy farmer, Ben holds a B.A. in economics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He began his career in 2005, and his expertise includes wheat and corn supply and demand, international macroeconomic trends, and he has conducted crop tours all over the Midwest for several years. He has presented for farm groups, at Iowa State University and, most recently, at a newly opened port facility in Szczecin, Poland.
Dr. Olivia Kellner
Meterologist at Climate impact Company
Using Weather Forecasts to Manage Farm/Fields
Olivia Kellner is from a small rural community outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned her B.S. in Operational Meteorology and Climatology in 2008 from Ball State University, her M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Purdue in 2011, and her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science with a focus in applied climatology and agriculture from Purdue in 2015. While in graduate school at Purdue, she worked under the guidance of Indiana’s State Climatologist, Dr. Niyogi, and has been actively involved in applied climate outreach since 2013.
Olivia joined Climate Impact Company as a climatologist in 2015. She has also worked for the National Weather Service as an Intern Meteorologist, as Staff Scientist at an environmental consulting firm, and as a climatologist for the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and the Illinois State Water Survey. Her research interests include agricultural meteorology and climatology, severe convective weather, land-surface interactions, and climate science education. Through her outreach, she hopes to the share basic science behind the earth-atmosphere system so that individuals can better understand the impacts their actions have on the natural climate system.
POST-DOCTORAL AT UNL
Creating Irrigation Management Zones
Barker, is from Fruit Heights, Utah, and his research focuses on improving spatial irrigation management with the intent of more optimal use of water. He is a collaborator on a multidisciplinary university research project, in which he’s investigating the impact of alternative conservation practices on soil moisture available for crop production.
As a research assistant at Utah State University, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees, Barker focused on measuring crop water use.
Imagery & Irrigation
Nate has a wealth of experience in remote sensing, especially within the agriculture industry. This includes his extensive aeroptic expertise and a background in delivering remote sensing based services, and is uniquely positioned to service the agriculture, forestry, and natural resources sector.
Aeroptic’s aerial remote sensing services for precision agriculture are very low cost, highly accurate, provide consistent results, allow for rapid assessments, and have a broad range of applications. Modern precision agriculture relies on site-specific management tactics to maximize yield and resources while reducing environmental impacts such as over-fertilization and the broad applications of pesticides. Pinpointing areas that require attention – be it water, weed, pathogen treatment, or nutrient adjustments allows for spot applications rather than whole-field treatment which results in significant cost savings while improving crop yields.
STEVAN Z. KNEZEVIC
PROFESSOR AGRONOMY DEPARTMENT AT UNL
Pesticide & Herbicide Resistance
B. S., Plant Protection, University of Belgrade, 1986
M. S., Crop Science (Weed Science), University of Guelph, 1993
Ph.D., Agronomy (Weed Science), Kansas State University, 1997
Area of Focus: Integrated Weed Management
Stevan says “The objective of my research program is to develop weed control strategies based on a multidisciplinary approach that builds bridges among scientific disciplines, especially between weed/crop ecology and herbicide technology. A single weed control measure is not feasible due to the number of different weed species and their highly variable life cycles. My program, therefore, advocates a combination of weed control methods (the use of many "little hammers"). We conduct weed control studies in field crops (conventional and organic), rangeland, pasture and riparian settings.” - quoted from the UNL website.
UPPER ELKHORN NRD
NRD Water Detection & Management Programs
Sarah Nevison grew up in Minnesota where she earned her undergraduate degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. She has worked across the country researching wildlife and ecosystems, with specific interest in ecology and conservation. She is completing her Master of Science degree from South Dakota State University and is excited to work at the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District in O’Neill, NE as the Water Resources manager, where she mitigates groundwater quality and quantity issues on the local level. She will be speaking about Upper Elkhorn NRD water detection and management programs.