The 21st annual fall seminar series offered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Grassland Studies will include 12 lectures on topics related to grasslands including the role of dung beetles in rangeland management, social behavior of grazing livestock, conserving Nebraska's pollinators, invasive plants, grassland birds and plant community response to drought.

The seminars take place most Mondays during the fall semester from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union. The first lecture is scheduled for Aug. 31. The seminars are free and open to the public, and can be taken for academic credit.

The series features Greg Lardy, this year's Frank and Margaret Leu Distinguished Lecturer. Lardy is head of the Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University. He will discuss trends that are driving change in the beef industry.

"We are pleased to have someone with Lardy's background and experience present the Leu Distinguished Lecture this year," said Martin Massengale, director of the center and instructor of the seminar course. "With the current emphasis on beef cattle production in Nebraska, his presentation will be most timely."

The seminar schedule can be found at The schedule is subject to revision; any changes will be noted on the website.

Videos of each seminar will be available a few days later. Contact the Center for Grassland Studies for more information at (402) 472-4101 or email