University of Nebraska–Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Feeding the World and Fueling the Economy. Like Only Nebraska Can.

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL strives to innovate new methods of producing food, fuel, feed and fiber for a rapidly growing world, in ways that are smart for the climate, promote the resilience of our natural resources and improve quality of life in Nebraska and around the globe. 

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Relentless Focus on Student Access and Success

IANR is working to expand need- and merit-based scholarships as well as hands-on and experiential learning opportunities through greater scholarship support, expansion of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and construction of a state-of-the-art equine sports complex, among other efforts.

Enhancing Faculty and Academic Excellence

Faculty members play the most critical role in the success of IANR’s three-part mission of teaching, research and extension. Funding for endowed chairs, professorships and recruitment will support top faculty and innovative research that advance agriculture and natural resources management in Nebraska and around the world. 

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UNL Faculty Food Science Andy Benson teaching at a whiteboard
Yufeng Ge and Nipuna Chamara look over a plant remote sensor system being tested at the one-acre field phenotyping site at ENREC, near Mead, Nebraska.
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Transformational Research and Innovation

IANR is a global leader in agricultural research related to beef production, climate, drought, water management, food for health and precision and digital ag management, to name a few. Updated and expanded facilities and support for innovation will allow UNL to continue to lead in this increasingly competitive space. 

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Nebraska has deep roots in agriculture and boasts the third-largest ag economy in the United States. Since IANR was founded in 1973, its faculty, staff and students have worked relentlessly to push Nebraska’s ag industry forward. With strategic investments, we can help advance Nebraska ag to a new era of innovation and success.  


“At IANR, we have the privilege and responsibility of putting our discoveries and brainpower to work on real-world challenges. We focus our efforts on what really matters, essentials like food, agriculture, natural resources, families and communities. Donor support allows us to do more of this important work and to do it better, significantly increasing our impact.”

– Michael Boehm, Ph.D.
Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL
Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska System


Student Success and Scholarship 

In Nebraska, one in four jobs is related to agriculture and natural resources. To grow the workforce of the future, it is imperative that we recruit the best and brightest students from a wide array of backgrounds. Increasing support for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as improving educational facilities and funding student opportunities like the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, will help us attract the future leaders of agriculture.

Klosterman Feedlot Innovation Center

Beef innovation has been central to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources since its founding 50 years ago. The Klosterman Feedlot Innovation Center, currently under construction at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead, will be a state-of-the-art facility where producers and industry partners can test emerging technologies in a commercial-scale feedlot, students can get hands-on experience and world-class research can thrive. 

UNL Plant Growth and Phenotype Facility

This new cutting-edge facility is part of a UNL-wide initiative to supercharge scientific discovery related to precision agriculture and ag tech, and to quickly move these discoveries into the hands of farmers, ranchers and agribusiness leaders.

Equine Sports Complex

In Nebraska, more than 180,000 horses are used for leisure, competition, therapy and agricultural work, and the demand for trained professionals is growing. The Equine Sports Complex will attract students from Nebraska and beyond who are interested in equine sports, expand experiential learning opportunities and connect youth from across the state to the UNL campus. 

Nebraska Food for Health Center 

Agriculture feeds the world, but can it do more? The Nebraska Food for Health Center is exploring how agriculture can improve human health and prevent diseases such as cancer, diabetes and colitis through a deeper understanding of the human microbiome.

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It takes a lot to build a future, so let’s start the conversation now.