The college will continue to address the Priority Areas across teaching, research, and extension missions, but an emphasis will be placed on:

Safe and sustainable food systems

  • Expanding knowledge and resources for sustainable food systems
  • Foodborne illnesses and food safety
  • Security of the food distribution and consumption chain

Aging healthfully

  • Inflammation and disease
  • The neuroscience of aging
  • Metabolism and health

Climate-related changes

  • Forecasting environmental impacts on food systems and on plant and animal health/disease
  • Adaptive decision-making by agricultural producers
  • Behavioral adaptation to environmental change

Bioprocessing/bioenergy and bioproducts

  • Alternative energy sources
  • Synthetic biology in the future economy
  • Value-added products