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Husker Power: Nebraska is on the leading edge of water and food security research.

One of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century is to achieve greater food security with less pressure on water resources. Almost a billion people in the world are food and water insecure, without access to enough safe and nutritious food and reliable availability of an acceptable quantity and quality of water. NEBRASKA’s faculty experts and specialized centers are leading the world in addressing these challenges through water and food research.

Since 2010, the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska has combined the best of the University’s expertise in water and food to address the challenges of improving the use and management of water in agriculture.

Research in and outreach from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources places NEBRASKA on the leading edge of food production, environmental stewardship, human nutrition, business development, and youth engagement. IANR houses several departments with relevance to water and food, including Biological Systems Engineering, Agronomy and Horticulture, Agricultural Economics and Food Science and Technology. Centers of expertise include the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT).

IANR is also home to the Center for Plant Science Innovation, whose members provide research leadership to the national and international plant science community by contributing to a basic understanding of the biology underlying plant systems, developing tools and resources necessary for translation of discoveries into applied technologies and providing a strong educational foundation for scientific and professional development. The plant research community at IANR allows for a host of productive collaborations.


  • Improving the productivity and value of crop plants
  • Developing plant breeding programs that incorporate modern technologies for crop improvement
  • Collaborating to integrate an understanding of plant functions to their natural environment
  • Developing and implementing remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems
  • Investigating the food safety, environmental impact, and economic implications of agricultural biotechnology
  • Developing and implementing measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought
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