Research & Extension

Examining a head of grain sorghum in the Nebraska Innovation Campus Greenhouse.

Andrew Benson (right) and James Schnable examine a head of grain sorghum in the Nebraska Innovation Campus Greenhouse.

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Agricultural Research Division

ARD is the only public entity in Nebraska charged with conducting agricultural research vital to Nebraska where agriculture is the leading industry. Many ARD scientists, who currently are working on approximately 300 research projects throughout Nebraska, also hold teaching or extension appointments. That means exciting new discoveries move quickly from the field or laboratory into the classroom and across Nebraska.

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Nebraska Extension

UNL Extension delivers research-based knowledge Nebraskans can immediately use in their lives, businesses, families and communities. Extension’s key focus areas are animal agriculture, crops for the future, children, youth and families, entrepreneurship, food, nutrition and health, water and environment. Approximately 144,000 Nebraska youth are involved in extension’s 4-H program.

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Engagement Zones

Multi-county Engagement Zones and Nebraska Research and Extension Centers are located throughout the state. Contact information and websites can be found in the Nebraska Extension's Expertise and Personnel Directory.

Nebraska Extension Directory

Nebraska Extension Educational Programs

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources serves Nebraska by providing internationally-recognized science and education to assure the state's competitiveness in a changing world.

Related Partners

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College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNL
Science with a Purpose — Preparing students for careers in everything from animals to plants, soil to climate, golf to business, mechanization to leadership and food to forensic science.

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Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
A 2-year, hands-on, all-agriculture college located in Curtis, Nebraska. Programs in Agribusiness Management Systems, Animal Science & Ag Education, Agronomy & Horticulture and Veterinary Technology.

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College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL
Dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals, families, schools and communities and to strengthening the relationships among them.

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Northeast Nebraska Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Compact
The compact will leverage the combined strengths of partners to provide education platforms, teacher preparation, seamless career education pathways and workforce development solutions.

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