The University of Nebraska–Lincoln encourages ranchers to register for the 2020 Nebraska Ranch Practicum offered by Nebraska Extension.

The practicum provides the latest research in range livestock production.

To register, submit a completed application and registration fee by May 1.

It will be held during eight sessions over the course of three seasons in order to cover the production cycle of livestock and forage resources.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics, including the effective use of decision support tools to evaluate management and marketing alternatives, plant identification, range condition and grazing strategies, wildlife management, evaluation of cow body condition scores, and beef cattle production systems.

The practicum will be held June 8-9, July 9 and Sept. 2-3 and Nov. 12 this year and continues Jan. 13-14, 2021.

Classroom activities will open and close the practicum in North Platte with the remainder of the classes conducted at the university’s Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, which is a working ranch near Whitman with education and research facilities.

The practicum can count for college or continuing education credit.

The registration fee is $675. The fee for a spouse is an additional $350.

The fee covers educational materials, noon meals and breaks. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging expenses. The practicum can count for college or continuing education credit.

Applications will not be accepted after  May 1. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than May 21. Refunds will be issued if space is not available.

To learn more or register, visit https://nebraskaranchpracticum.unl.edu/ or contact Troy Walz at 308-872-6831 or troy.walz@unl.edu.