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FooD, Agriculture & Environment Security

Positioning for Impact

To align with the National Security Memorandum 16 on Strengthening the Security and Resilience of United States Food and Agriculture, which President Joe Biden signed on November 10, 2022, NSRI is currently evaluating priorities to match strengths and capabilities. NSRI’s assessment will include the University of Nebraska System’s campuses, institutes and programs as well as external collaborations.


Enable deterrence of, preparedness for, and response to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats to the environment and the Nation’s food and agriculture sector to enhance resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure.


Provide a responsive, relevant, and reliable academic partner to the Nation’s sector specific agencies, mission partners, and the Department of Defense for solutions to complex challenges associated with the environment, food, and agriculture that impact stability, resilience, and critical operations. 

Unique Partnership

NSRI’s prime partner in this effort is the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. IANR brings wide-ranging expertise from nearly every level of food and agriculture production as well as environmental impacts. It is a worldwide leader in research related to precision ag and ag tech; integrated cropping and water; food processing; agricultural economics; beef production; and resilience of agricultural working landscapes, among many other disciplines.

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The Latest

NSRI co-hosted a workshop with IANR to launch the focus area with more than 60 NU researchers on March 8, 2023. Presentations from five NU researchers brought forward three key themes, which are detailed in the proceedings — threat of climate change, defending against bad actors and a need for an interdisciplinary approach. Read release >

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Mission Critical Collaborators

A multidisciplinary approach is essential to developing solutions for these challenges. The University of Nebraska System and NSRI are well-positioned with resources, significant experience and deep expertise. Following are just a few of the internal collaborators identified and poised to contribute within this focus area.

120+ researchers ready for the mission

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