Making sure people around the world have enough food and water -- while still protecting the environment -- is a significant priority for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. A number of UNL faculty are on the cutting edge of world-wide research into food and water resources.
The need to meet food demand while protecting environmental quality and conserving natural resources provides the central theme of Cassman's work. His research goal is to find ways to substantially increase crop yields without compromising soil quality and water resources and without damaging the integrity of natural ecosystems. His current effort includes a global collaboration to create the Global Yield Atlas, which provides state-of-the-art estimates of the gap between current average farm yields nd the potential yield ceiling for major food crops throughout the world.