The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has opened an office in Beijing, China.
IANR vice-chancellor Dr. Ronnie Green says having an office in China opens up new possibilities for joint research and faculty and student exchanges between Nebraska and China.
We asked Green what China has to offer Nebraska in terms of agricultural research.
“They have some of the same issues that we have—in terms of water, in particular,” Green says, “so sharing our knowledge with them, and visa-versa, will benefit our program, we think.”
Green says the Nebraska Department of Agriculture helped to negotiate the opening of the office in Beijing and will be working to expand opportunities for Nebraska agribusiness companies in the world’s most populous nation.
“It will create opportunities for Nebraska products and create opportunities for Nebraska companies to do business in China, as well as what the benefit for the university will be,” he says.
The IANR office is located in China’s State Administration of Grain (SAG). SAG controls national grain distribution, provides guidelines for development of the grain industry and administers China’s national grain reserves.