Support the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln strives to advance the knowledge, theory, and application of plant and soil science and landscape design to improve the quality of life for citizens of Nebraska and the world. We live in a very different world than our parents and grandparents. The agriculture enterprise was all about increasing production to feed a growing nation and ultimately food provider for the
world. The amazing increase in productivity was realized through the efforts of faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Nebraska’s innovative and hard-working farmers. There appeared to be no limit to the amount of food we could produce, and all of us share the credit in this amazing feat.
A new millennium has now come, along with it new dreams of flying cars, man walking on mars, and robots that do everything from walking our dog to plowing our fields. However, with this new millennium there is a new realization that our resources are not limitless, and all of man’s achievements are not without consequences. In this millennium we need to produce more food on less land, with less water, all while using less fossil fuels and producing fewer greenhouse gasses. This will not only require the development of new technologies, it will require a change in our behavior. There is no institution better prepared to address these issues than the land-grant universities with its research, teaching, and extension mission. There is no land-grant university with the expertise and resources to tackle these problems of energy, greenhouse gasses, and productivity than the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.