Ag Programs Leading Growth for University of Nebraska
By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
Despite drought, and the concern of feeding a growing world, some say there's never been a more exciting time to be in agriculture.
The head of farm programs at the University of Nebraska says it would be cool to be 16 again.
Dr. Ronnie Green says his parents told him to get a real job off the farm, so he did.
Now he sees agriculture as a growth area, saying global food production will need to double in the next 40 years.
The vice-chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) says they're adding staff and students to meet the demand.
He said, "Being able to add ten percent to faculty, having eight years of student enrollment growth in agriculture is a record for the university, all time enrollment record in ag and natural resources, increasing our research expenditures to levels we've never seen before."
Green says they've added 36 full time positions, with plans for another 19. And research grants have increased 20 percent.
Green shared that message in the tri-cities this week, in speeches at the Governor's Ag Conference in Kearney and in Grand Island before the Nebraska Agricultural Technology Association.