Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Support The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

If you live, eat or work in Nebraska, chances are the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) has always been a part of your everyday life. It may be through a safer, more abundant food supply in partnership with our agricultural, agribusiness and natural resources partners. Or perhaps through improved farming and ranching practices, new product development, cleaner water, community improvements, educational programs for youth, such as 4-H and school-enrichment lessons, or practical, put-to-use-now programs for adults.

It may also be through the formal and informal education IANR offers statewide — everything from classes on campus and at a distance to extension workshops and meetings. Our unbiased, research-based programs address both rural and urban needs.

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N Fund – Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources

A gift to this fund supports the top priority needs of the institute in teaching, research and outreach.


Northeast Research & Extension Center Discretionary Fund

A gift to this fund benefits and supports the general needs of the department, including awards for faculty, scholarships for students, grants for travel, and support for student activities and awards.


Josh Egley

Senior Director of Development, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Josh has been with the foundation since 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Josh's experience at UNL was very positive, and working at the foundation allows him to help make that same experience available to other students. It also allows him to give back to his alma mater.

Marcia White

Director of Development, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Marcia joined the foundation team in 2021 after many adventures abroad, including serving in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, and teaching public and media relations at Webster University in Thailand. A Nebraska native, Marcia is excited to support the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources not only because she values the transformative power of education, but also because she sees the broader impact of the institute’s research and outreach. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s in education, both from UNL, in addition to having extensive experience in the nonprofit sector.

Kristen Houska

Director of Development, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

A native Nebraskan, Kristen joined the foundation in 2021 after 10 years of working for Nebraska Extension. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a master’s in community nutrition and health promotion, both from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her work focuses on raising support for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Kristen values the positive impact the university has on all Nebraskans and enjoys being able to hear people’s stories and connect them to the university and its mission.

Barbara Soderlin

Director of Development, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Barbara joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2018 following a career as a newspaper reporter and editor. She worked for several papers, including the Omaha World-Herald, where she covered agribusiness, food production and the grocery business, communicating the story of Nebraska’s agriculture economy to readers. Barbara holds degrees in English and journalism.

Doug Carr

Director of Development, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Doug is a graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2017 and has extensive experience in video production, advertising, sales and marketing, primarily in the field of agribusiness. Doug’s fundraising efforts are focused on the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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When you make a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation you can trust that it will be used in the way in which it was intended. That’s a promise we’ve kept with our donors since our organization was founded in 1936.