About MAES

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) funds the research of University of Minnesota scientists to improve Minnesota's agricultural and forest products, horticultural crops, human nutrition, family and community life, and environmental quality.

It supports both basic and applied research with practical goals for improving the lives of Minnesotans. As it funds scientists who work in five different colleges and at Research and Outreach Centers across the state, it is an organization that supports cross-disciplinary problem solving, and responsiveness to emerging issues. Research results are brought to Minnesotans through a partnership with University of Minnesota Extension.

In any given year, MAES funding supports approximately 400 research projects conducted by more than 300 faculty. Their projects employ more than 600 field research and laboratory assistants, technicians, and postdoctoral research associates.

From soybeans to tourism, from Norway pines to new apple cultivars, from beef cattle to housing for families, the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station continues to seek, through its statewide research programs, a better life for all Minnesotans.

Strategic Plan for Ag

Faculty in the lab Minnesota's agricultural economy is one of the largest and strongest in the nation, but maintaining its competitive edge and enhancing profitability requires continued vigilance.