Meet the Expert: P. Stephen Baenziger

Stephen Baenziger, PhD Dr. P. Stephen Baenziger

P. Stephen Baenziger, PhD, is an agronomy professor and Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor of Small Grains Breeding and Genetics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I was born in Canada, hence I am an immigrant. Sometimes I say I am Canadian by birth, and American by choice and proud of both.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the next new wheat variety, but also hybrid wheat, winter-malting barley, and winter triticale for forage and grain. I also do a lot of basic research to improve breeding methods and better understand the traits we need to improve crops.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
The ability to see the future (if I could change it for the better).

What’s the last good book you read?
Les Misérables

What are three words that best describe you?
Caring, Thinking, Doing

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to be with family and travel, but really, free time? What is that?

What are you most passionate about?
Making sure that when we decide to feed the world that we have the technical capabilities to do so. That is why agriculture rocks!

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