Kat Shiffler

A native Nebraskan from hardy homesteader roots, Kat loves a good story. She's learned technical skills on the fly - usually in another country - from a visual anthropology course in Bolivia, to a gig with the first independent radio station in Bhutan. Gradually she's honed in on video to communicate scientific research, rural issues, and stories related to our food system. Kat has a graduate degree in agroecology and applies that knowledge in a practical way in her Lincoln neighborhood where she grows food and keeps bees. Her favorite parts of living back in Nebraska are the sounds - and the silence. Kat worked on the PBT project from January to May 2015.

Kat's Work

Don Welch is a Nebraska poet and author, recently retired from 50 years of teaching at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He’s lived most of his life with his wife Marcia in central Nebraska, where much of his work has been influenced by the natural world.

It’s possible to appreciate the Nebraska Sandhills through a car window. Until a few years ago, that was about as close as I’d been to the grass-stabilized sand dunes that cover a quarter of our state. That’s because up in ranch country, the majority of the landscape is privately owned. As much as I wanted […]

While surface water development led the early history of irrigation in Nebraska, it became common for farmers to tap the wealth of water below ground beginning in the 1930s.

From the time of the first agricultural societies, farmers have experimented with various ways to get enough water to their crops.

Wet meadows are groundwater-fed wetlands within larger grassland environments. Along the Platte…