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.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted food supply chains across the U.S. It is essential for our food system to provide adequate nourishment to the people and support the livelihood of people who supply food. In response, a multidisciplinary team of researchers and Extension specialists from five universities have partnered to generate science-based knowledge and resources to enhance preparedness of the U.S. food supply chains for future disruptions. 

Growing North Minneapolis is a community-driven program which aims to build food, environmental, social and cognitive justice through sustainable urban growing and greening. Learning and career development are experiential and contextualized in real-world experiences related to the FEW nexus. Urban youth, predominantly of color and low socioeconomic status, are hired through a local workforce development program, and work together with UMN undergraduates and North Minneapolis community mentors to form intergenerational communities of practice.

Over the last two years, researchers at the UMN have been working with several Minnesota agencies to facilitate surveillance and enhance our understanding of the risk for CWD spreading — a key concern for Minnesota legislators. In Minnesota, these partners include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH), Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, several tribal natural resources agencies around the state and Extension specialists.