We engage in innovative, multidisciplinary research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate advancements in food, health and the environment. Our efforts also contribute to economic prosperity, sustainability and quality of life in Michigan, the nation and the world.

Success is due to our outstanding researchers; close partnerships and collaborations with MSU Extension and eight MSU colleges; federal and state agencies; commodity groups and stakeholders; and exceptional legislative support.

Five priority research areas

  • Resilient and profitable agriculture and natural resource systems.
  • Natural resources stewardship and ecosystem health.
  • Secure food, fiber and energy systems.
  • Food safety.
  • Nutrition and health.

We maintain a balance between applied and basic research that relies heavily on input of our constituents in identifying research priorities.