Description: UNL-TAPS, is an interactive program developed and administered by Daran Rudnick, Matt Stockton, and Chuck Burr (University of Nebraska research and extension specialists and educator). The acronym TAPS stands for Testing Agriculture Performance Solutions. As one of the activities to fulfill this goal TAPS facilitates Farm Management competency and education. One of the current efforts is through several competitions, and simulation contests. Rather than the typical teacher student paradigm UNL scientists and extension professionals, producers, industry people, agriculture students, government regulators, and agency personnel interact in real life farm management competitions. The goal of the Farm Management Competitions are to promote efficiency and profitability while providing interaction among all those involved in the production and/or the business of agriculture production. The competitions are supported by NE extension, natural resource districts, non-profit organizations, farm supply industry, and financial institutions to name a few.
Mission Statement: To fully engage agriculturalists, scientists, educators, students and industry in an innovative endeavor, to TAP into the University of Nebraska’s potential to facilitate and create an environment for all stakeholders to work together in finding solutions through innovation, entrepreneurialism, technological adoption, new managerial applications, improved techniques, and cutting edge methodologies for Nebraska’s future farm’s, farm businesses, and farm families to maintain profitability, sustainability, and productivity.