Anthony “Justin” McMechan is a Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) and is located at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Ithaca, NE. In 2016, Justin graduated with a Ph.D. in Entomology and a Doctor of Plant Health degree from the UNL. Both of these degrees involved multidisciplinary research which he has made this a fundamental part of his research program at UNL. His lab’s research is focused on cover crops, hail damage in row crops, and most recently, a new insect pest, the soybean gall midge. In 2018, Dr. McMechan co-led the discovery of soybean gall midge which is currently causing injury to soybean in five midwestern states. Justin currently serves as lead investigator of two multi-state grants with a total of 17 co-investigators from 11 state universities as well as state funded projects to address key aspects of soybean gall midge distribution, ecology and management.