Richard (Rick) Koelsch

Richard (Rick) Koelsch

Contact Information:

East Campus (Lincoln)
225 L.W. Chase Hall

Livestock and Bio Environmental Engineer

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University


  • Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Vita-Rick Koelsch 2016.pdf

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Livestock Environmental issues
  • Sustainability in Agricultural Systems

Honors and Awards

  • National eXtension Community of Practice Award (2011)
  • NASULGC Excellence in Extension Regional Award (2006)
  • ASABE Presidential Citation (2006)
  • ASABE Standards Development Award (2005)
  • ASAE Gunlogoson Countryside Engineering Award (2005)
  • Member of the Year, ASAE Mid-Central (1999)
  • New Nebraska Extension Specialist Award (1998)
  • Nebraska Pork Producers Association Pork Industry Service Award (1996)

Selected Publications

  • Koelsch, R. K. And Q. M. Kettering. 2016. Whole Farm Nutrient Balance: A Systems Approach to Dairy Nutrient Planning. Large Dairy Herd management e-Handbook. American Society of Dairy Science. (In Publishing for 2017 release).
  • Koelsch, R., J. Heemstra, J. Harrison, M. Risse. 2009.  Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center - Connecting with Clientele Using Web 2.0. 2009 ASABE Annual International Meeting. Reno, Nevada.  June 21–24, 2009. 19 pages.
  • Risse, L M, W L Bland, R K Koelsch, E A Bird, and T M Bass.  2006.  An American Experiment with Environmental Management Systems fon Livestock and Poultry Operations. Farm Policy Journal, Australian Farm Institute.  3(4) 23-32.
  • Kissinger, W. F., Koelsch, R. K., Erickson, G. E., and Klopfenstein, T. J. 2007.  Characteristics of manure harvested from beef cattle feedlots. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 23(3): 357-365.
  • R. Koelsch (editor and co-author on 4 chapters).  2006.  Vegetative Treatment Systems for Open Lot Runoff.  USDA NRCS Guidance Document. .  173 pages.
  • Koelsch, R., J. Lorimor, and K. Mankin.  2006.  Vegetative treatment systems for open lot runoff:  review of literature.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 22(1)141-153. 
  • Koelsch, R. Evaluating livestock system environmental performance with whole-farm nutrient balance. J. Environmental Qual. 34:January-February 2005, 149-155.
  • Koelsch, R. K.  2001.  Principles of Environmental Stewardship.  Lesson 1 of Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship national curriculum.  Midwest Plan Service.  Ames, IA.  22 pages.