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Opportunities for Nebraska, Volume Three: Food Scarcity is the third annual publication of Strategic Discussions for Nebraska, exploring the importance of University of Nebraska research on the way we live – and on the way the world lives.

The stories were written by University of Nebraska–Lincoln students enrolled in a Magazine Writing course in the spring of 2012.

Funding is provided by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and by the Robert and Ardis James Family Foundation. We are grateful for their support.

Read the stories and watch the videos as experts tell the stories of research and innovation at the University of Nebraska, which is one of the top research universities in the United States.

Researchers at the University of Nebraska are finding ways to help feed the world through:

  • development of higher-yielding, weather-tolerant crop varieties
  • careful use of water
  • waste reduction in harvest and processing
  • efficiencies in transportation of food
  • finding better and more efficient ways of producing protein
  • finding new ways every day to increase human health and well-being through scientific discovery

The result is abundant, safe, wholesome food for the world.

If you would like to have a hard copy of the publication, or if you would like to share your comments, please contact: Mary Garbacz, Strategic Discussions for Nebraska Coordinator, 402-472-7119 or by email at


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A Message From:

Harvey Perlman

Ronnie Green

Steven Waller

Facing the Global Food Challenge

A Place Without Limits: NU's Leading Role in Ag Innovation – J.B. Milliken

"Ag is Sexy Again" as Global Need for Food IncreasesRonnie Green

Today's Students – Learning to Solve the Challenge of Feeding the WorldSteven Waller

Ag Researchers' New Knowledge Benefits Nebraska, the World – Ron Yoder

"Failure is Not an Option" in Addressing Global Food ScarcityArchie Clutter

Nebraska Innovation Campus Will Address Global Food IssuesDan Duncan

Lenton the Founding Director of Daugherty Water for Food InstituteRoberto Lenton

Growing More Food with Less Water, Improving Global Water ConditionMarc Andreini

Dickey Reflects on Years as Dean of ExtensionElbert Dickey

Food Scarcity Information Dissemination Complex, VitalKaren Cannon

Technology and Food

Driving Toward the Future of Biofuels, Molecular NutritionPaul Black

Nebraska – the Food Capital of the World?Rolando Flores

Is a Fully-Sustainable World Within Reach?Mark Burbach

Agricultural Efficiency Sustains Resources, Produces MoreRoch Gaussoin

Technology, Teamwork and Stewardship Vital in Meeting 2050 Global Food NeedP. Stephen Baenziger

UNL Research, Extension Help Ag Producers Manage a Changing ClimateSuat Irmak

Protein Production Essential in Feeding the WorldMatt Spangler

Nebraska's Irrigation Research Goes GlobalWilliam Kranz

The Plight of the Honey BeeMarion Ellis

Global Goal: Reducing Hunger, Ensuring Food Safety and NutritionTim Carr

Society's Health Reflects Changing Food CultureGeorgia Jones and Marilynn Schnepf

Steps to Building a Healthier WorldJean Ann Fischer

Economics of Food

Ag Economists – Working to Assure Abundant, Safe FoodLarry Van Tassell

Global Food Scarcity, Distribution, RoadblocksDennis Conley

Global Economics Research Explains Food Scarcity ChallengesLilyan Fulginiti

World Food Supply Adequate, but Poverty is the ProblemWes Peterson

Ag Land Reflects Value of Growing Food for the FutureBruce Johnson

Strengthening World Economies, Increased Production Key to Food ChallengesEric Thompson

There is No Place Like Nebraska for Meeting Food ChallengesGreg Ibach

A Land of Plenty – Exporting to the World Stan GarbaczStan Garbacz