Strategic Direction

Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is positioned squarely at the nexus of food, energy, water, health, and community. 

In Nebraska, these sectors are inseparably linked—and they are vital to Nebraska’s ability to thrive. True to our land-grant mission, IANR works with Nebraskans to increase access to a powerful combination of learning, research, and extension.

In 2023, IANR celebrated its 50th anniversary. This milestone provided an opportunity to examine the foundation on which IANR was founded; celebrate five decades of innovation, education and outreach; and to look to the future and begin to shape the next chapter of IANR. We traveled the state, meeting with stakeholders across the sectors of agriculture, natural resources, community development, child development and education, to name a few. We looked at challenges facing our state and our world, took stock of our strengths and looked for opportunities to innovate into the future.

We used these conversations and reflections to develop IANR’s Strategic Direction, which will guide us through the next five years and lays a foundation for the next 50.