In 1872, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents established what is now CASNR, and over
the years, the college has educated thousands of students from Nebraska and around the world in
sciences related to crop and livestock production, land management, water use, and food
processing, among other important fields. CASNR was the home of UNL’s first honors program and
undergraduate research initiative, both of which eventually grew to university-wide
Today, CASNR students are exposed to an education that is transformative and allows each
student to craft their experience to fit their passions. Individualized attention and support
helps students development their professional skills and hands-on experiences both inside and
outside the classroom allow opportunities for continuous growth.
The early days of tractor repair.
Just over a century later, in 1973, the Nebraska Legislature established the Institute of
Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with the passage of
LB149. This legislation culminated more than 10 years of discussion by state leaders,
University officials and agriculture interests in Nebraska to ensure that the prominence of
agricultural research, education and extension at UNL was proportional to agriculture’s
incredible impact on the state’s economy, success and identity.
Today, IANR is focused on providing food, fuel, feed and fiber for a growing world in a way
that promotes resilience of our natural resources and high quality of life for those engaged in