University Connections

The land grant university system in the United States provides outstanding educational opportunities for students across the country and around the world, as well as vibrant research environments that have spawned ground-breaking discoveries and innovations across disciplines, from agriculture to medicine and the humanities. 

Crop Science, a division of Bayer has long had close relationships with universities, which serve as vital partners in our quest to advance agricultural knowledge and sustainability, and important training grounds for the next generation of leaders who will propel farming’s future.



North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University

As a demonstration of our deep commitment to the tenets of sustainability, Crop Science, a division of Bayer has contributed $1 million to North Carolina State University to endow a chair in sustainable development. Tom Rufty, Ph.D., co-director of the Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education and a professor of environmental plant physiology in the Department of Crop Science, has been named the first Bayer Professor of Sustainable Development.

We are also actively involved with North Carolina State University in conducting research that will improve bee health, such as:

  • Supporting research efforts surrounding the small hive beetle
  • Sponsoring of a grad student for research and review of chemistries and natural oils as potential new miticide applications in 2014 in conjunction with activities at the Center
  • Funding research on AFB (American Foulbrood)
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University in Lubbock is one of the country’s foremost leaders in agricultural research and education.  Located in the heart of the cotton belt, Texas Tech has been an outstanding partner to Crop Science, a division of Bayer for many years, and we are proud to have contributed $7.5 million to the Texas Tech University Department of Plant and Soil Science. The contribution supports a research collaboration between Crop Science and the university, and a planned Plant and Soil Sciences Building. The collaborative research project focuses on developing cotton with improved fiber properties. The project includes scientists affiliated with the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute within the Department of Plant and Soil Science.


North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota
North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota

As part of the Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action, a research and education initiative developed by Crop Science, a division of Bayer and Ducks Unlimited, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota were selected to develop new winter wheat varieties with improved characteristics, such as winter hardiness, high yield, disease resistance and good milling qualities. The research initiative seeks to expand the use of winter wheat as a cropping option for producers and nesting habitat for waterfowl. The initiative promotes a stewardship model for improving the agricultural productivity of farmland while retaining and improving the habitat values important to North America’s waterfowl and other wildlife. Winter cereals provide spring nesting cover as well as additional cropping options to growers.


University of Nebraska

Crop Science, a division of Bayer and the University of Nebraska work closely together to advance research and develop improved varieties of two of the world’s most important crops: wheat and soybeans.  NUtech Ventures, the technology commercialization arm of the University of Nebraska, has nonexclusive license agreements with Crop Science focused on germplasm, with the goal of each program to improve yield and develop valuable new traits for growers in Nebraska and throughout the world. The collaboration also provides support for endowed chairs in plant breeding, additional research funding, extension programming and training for graduate and undergraduate students.


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