Our Mission

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture continues to build its leadership in plant, soil, and landscape systems through innovation and technology that is science-based and results-driven, with an urgency to anticipate and embrace future challenges. We partner with our stakeholders to meet these challenges through creative research, learner-driven teaching, and extension that all support multi-function resilient landscapes and food production to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Nebraska and the world.

Our decisions and actions will be guided by ongoing core goals

  • Share a culture of mutual respect and inclusive excellence among our peers and the stakeholders we serve
  • Develop synergy among A&H faculty through collaborations, shared governance, and organized strategic planning
  • Build capacity in research, teaching, extension and outreach programs
  • Increase standard of excellence in all of our programs
  • Approach our activities with a spirit of innovation, cooperation, and entrepreneurship
  • Identify programs that are fundamental to the mission of our department and ensure their support
  • Increase cross-collaboration and stakeholder engagement to fulfill our common mission

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture or its predecessors has been in existence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1910. The foundation of the current department arose with the integration of the departments of Agronomy and Horticulture in 2001.

Agronomy and horticulture are integrative sciences, attracting students and scientists from a wide range of disciplines and interests. Plant geneticists, physiologists, ecologists, soil and water scientists, and landscape architects are well represented among the diverse ranks of our faculty.

Growing plants for a purpose is a major driver of Nebraska's economy and in improving lifestyle quality for Nebraska citizens. Nowhere in Nebraska are more future professionals and lifelong learners educated in the plant and soil sciences than in Nebraska's Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

student in horticulture class
drone agriculture

A degree in agronomy, horticulture, plant biology or turfgrass & landscape management will open the doors to a wealth of careers: from plant molecular biology and breeding to farming and ornamental plant production; from crop consulting and rangeland management to landscape design and turfgrass management; from research and service positions with seed and agrochemical companies to greenhouse managers and careers in international agricultural development.

Preparing students for these careers, conducting research to ensure sustainable local and global ecological development to feed and enrich the lives of a growing global population, and extending this information to end-users makes the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture an exciting place to study and work in the 21st century.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Agronomy and Horticulture facilities timeline

Havelock Experiment Station Farm
Experiment Station Farm at 70th and Adams Street, Lincoln, circa 1930s. Sold and developed circa 1973.
Kiesselbach 1933
Crops Laboratory (currently Kiesselbach Hall) opened in 1933.
Experiment Station Hall (Ag Hall) 1899
Experiment Station Hall (currently Ag Hall) was erected in 1899.
Agronomy Hall (Keim Hall) 1952
Agronomy Hall (currently Keim Hall) opened in 1952.
Plant Sciences Hall
Plant Sciences Hall and greenhouses opened in 1978.
East Campus 1947
East Campus aerial view, 1947
Keim Hall
Renovated Keim Hall was rededicated in 2010.
Keim Hall Courtyard
Keim Hall's renovated courtyard today.
Beadle Center
The Beadle Center on city campus opened in 1995.
Nebraska Innovation Campus: Greenhouse Innovation Center
The Goodding Learning Center