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Agriculture and Life Sciences

Campaign Goal: To make an impact in a key industry for Nebraska, where 93 percent of the land is used for agriculture. Incorporate modern technology and advanced research for crop improvements. Enable life science researchers to make a difference in virology, acknowledging that all viruses — plant, animal or human — share common ancestors.

  • Created three presidential chairs in wheat, corn and soybeans to improve crop production and create new products.
  • Created a pipline for agricultural entrepreneurs through the establishment of the Paul F. Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
  • Constructed the High Plains Agriculture Lab, in the heart of Nebraska's dryland crop production zone, where research trials are improving plant breeding and soil fertility to grow more food more efficiently.
  • Created a program to train the next generation of feedyard managers for the nation’s cattle industry.
  • Constructed new buildings and a residence hall at    Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.
  • Created the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center to grow Nebraska's annual production of 75 million bushels of wheat.
  • Created multiple undergraduate and graduate scholarships.
  • Created the Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center, home to the university's virology center.
  • Helped fund a new Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center building.
  • Provided support for food science and greenhouse initiatives at Innovation Campus, the university’s research and technology campus.