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.

George Heimpel and his team are exploring alternatives to insecticides for the control of soybean aphid--most notably biological control via parasitoid wasps. In this project they investigate, two potential limiting factors in biological control of soybean aphid – overwintering mortality and hyperparasitism with the aim of conducting experiments to reduce overwintering mortality.

William Hutchison and his team are working on developing integrated pest management systems to assist with the control of japanese beetles in the specialty crop industry. 

Anup Johny has gathered an integrated, multi-college/department team to determine the efficacy of the combination of the dairy-originated probiotic, an industry vaccine, and two essential oils, against three emerging Salmonella serovars with potential to cause foodborne outbreaks, using applied microbiology, microbiome analysis, immunology, and genomics approaches.