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The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences' faculty provide unified education, research and public service in the grand challenges of global food supply and safety, human and animal nutrition, agricultural systems efficiency, environmental conservation, sustainable packaging and renewable resources.

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Joe Mari Maja

The use of technology to address problems in manufacturing has been widespread, and now it’s become a growing trend in agriculture. Mari Maja’s research explores how technology can be used in farming to optimize operations and provide data to assist in faster decision-making for the betterment of crops.

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Kendall Kirk

Agricultural research and technological advances can mean the difference between success and failure for farms, both new and established. Kirk’s research aids farmers by building tools to assist them in working smarter, not harder. His work in precision agriculture seeks to develop methods and technologies to increase farm efficiency and productivity utilizing a host of technology, including analytical software, remote sensing, software development, yield and harvest applications and more.

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Stephen Kresovich

Genetic diversity of crops can aid food security, improve human health and provide cropping systems sustainability. By exploring genetics, Kresovich seeks to understand how traits impact plants’ resilience and nutrition to advance agriculture.