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.

MAES supports horticultural research for fruit, vegetables, and ornamental plants and turfgrasses. Research in these areas includes breeding new plant and crop varieties, exploring new management practices and technologies and studying pests and disease affecting the horticultural industry. Here we provide an overview of research highlights from fiscal year 2018. 

Jim Luby and his team have changed apple industry through the introduction of new apple varieties with unique textures and amazing flavor!  From Honeycrisp to Rave/First Kiss their creations have revived the apple industry in Minnesota and beyond. 

Tonya Schoenfuss and her team have shown that the polymerization of lactose with an acid catalyst and glucose creates a soluble fiber, which they call polylactose. This novel dietary fiber can be easily ground and shows great promise as a prebiotic additive to human food products or as a supplement.