Dairy cows in a field.

Food and Agriculture Research

U of M food and agricultural researchers are committed to breeding stronger, more productive varieties to meet the demands of a growing population.

For information on the latest food and agriculture research please visit the features and impacts page.

Crop Breeding

From disease resistance to high yield varieties to crop diversity, U of M researchers are discovering new ways to solve old problems and feed new generations throughout Minnesota and the world.

Livestock

Research on swine, beef, and dairy cattle management aims to develop best practices and systems for the producer, while protecting the environment and animal welfare.

Agronomy

Agronomic research focuses on management of cropping systems, grazing, nutrient, tillage and other activities related to Minnesota crop production.

Swine housing facility at MorrisYuzhi Li and her team are exploring how to utilize Social Network Analysis to predict development of tail biting, and identify potential tail biters and victimized pigs. They hypothesize that tail biting behavior is a consequence of unbalanced or disturbed social structure, which can occur and spread through undesired social interactions.

Ian MacRae with his drone.Ian MacRae and his team are exploring the use of drones for remotely sensing crop stress. Their research will focus on evaluating the effectiveness of current technolgies and sharing their findings with agricultural professionals throughout the region.

Piglets.Fabio Vannucci and his research team are working to understand the shedding patterns of Senecavirus A (SVA) in the semen of experimentally-infected boars linked with the transmission by artificial insemination to sows and the subsequent impact on the production of piglets.