Children of Nebraska farm families can win $3,500 college scholarships through the NEST on the Farm scholarship contest.
The program is open to children and teenagers who live on farms or whose parents work on farms.
Each contestant must submit a 750-word typed essay describing how being a part of a farm family shapes his or her higher education goals. A $3,500 scholarship will be awarded to one winner in each of three age categories: 7 to 9 years old, 10 to 11 and 12 to 13. One runner-up in each category will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
NEST is Nebraska's tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan.
Northeast CC, London university sign deal
Northeast Community College in Norfolk has signed a new agreement with Middlesex University in London.
The agreement will allow Northeast students to transfer to Middlesex and to receive tuition assistance after they graduate from Northeast with an associate degree in business administration.
The deal also will allow students heading into sophomore year to study for the summer at Middlesex.
Fire department uses UNL dorm for training
For the past two weeks the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department has used Pound Hall, a residence hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, as a training site for fighting high-rise fires.
Nearly 300 firefighters attended the training, made possible through an agreement with University Housing.
Donation to help UNK students during crises
A new scholarship fund at the University of Nebraska at Kearney aims to prevent students from dropping out of college because of personal crises.
UNK alumna Ilene Albrecht Steinkruger, a Colorado resident who grew up in Kearney, provided $300,000 to establish the permanently endowed scholarship.
The funds will enable university officials to make scholarship awards to students when they experience significant hardships such as a family crisis or personal emergency.
Creighton's business college is 2nd in ROI
Creighton University's College of Business recently was ranked second nationally on PayScale's 2013 ROI — return on investment — report to business majors.
The survey showed that a Creighton business graduate could expect cumulative earnings of $1.76 million over 30 years, after subtracting college costs. The University of Pennsylvania ranked first in the survey, and Notre Dame was third.
ISU researcher works on cover-crop mystery
An Iowa State University researcher hopes to solve a cover-crop mystery with the aid of a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture's ecology initiative.
The mystery is why winter rye, usually an ideal cover crop, will sometimes cause a yield decline in the following corn crop.
Researcher Tom Kaspar, a plant physiologist in Ames, hypothesizes that rye acts as a host for common pathogens that carry over in the soil to infect corn when the weather conditions are right.
He plans to begin experimenting in an Iowa State laboratory, growing corn in pots, half of which previously held rye. In the lab, he can create cold and wet conditions that encourage pathogens to grow.
Kaspar plans to use the lab experiment to help interpret results from a larger field experiment being conducted at a demonstration farm in Boone County, Iowa.
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