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Our research teams conduct many projects that deliver life-sustaining and industry-changing impacts to citizens throughout the state, the Midwest region, the nation, and around the world. Our department ranks top in research and development spending among the nation’s agricultural and biosystems engineering departments at public universities.

While maintaining our traditional connection to agriculture, our faculty researchers are also developing alternative production systems, leading innovative research for renewable energy sources, developing value-added products and processes, and implementing new methods to improve air and water quality. The ABE department’s research platform is organized into five focus areas.