Mission Statement / Vision

Graduate student in lab
Jordan "Jordy" Reinders, graduate student in Entomology.

The Agricultural Research Division is the major research agency of the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is Nebraska's Agricultural Experiment Station. ARD scientists improve the quality of life for Nebraskans across the state. They make important contributions to the state's agriculture, food industries, environment, the well-being of families, and community development. Research occurs in fields, feedlots, the natural environment, homes, yards, gardens, and cities and towns. ARD scientists provide new knowledge and seek answers to Nebraskans' problems and concerns.

Faculty in Ag Econ teaching class
Fabio Mattos teaches Ag Econ 399 - Independent Study in Agricultural Economics in the newly built commodities trading lab.


The Agricultural Research Division (ARD) is the only public entity in Nebraska charged with conducting agricultural research. It is part of a national network of state agricultural experiment stations at Land Grant Universities across the United States. ARD's mission is to conduct problem-solving and fundamental research that:

  • Addresses priority issues facing Nebraska's agriculture and food industries.
  • Provides the knowledge base essential for managing our natural resources.
  • Promotes family well-being and community development.
  • Educates future scientists through hands-on experience.
Robotics class at UNL
Santosh Pitla discusses the electronics on a robotic cart with Tyler Troyer, graduate student in Biological Systems Engineering.


ARD's goal is to enhance the effectiveness of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resource’s scientific community in conducting and disseminating the results from relevant, innovative and focused research that is widely recognized for excellence in addressing the needs of today's clientele and contributions to the scientific knowledge necessary to meet tomorrow's challenges.