Breeding for the Future: Corn and Climate Change


  • Annka Liepold National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Germany


Feeding a growing global population while extreme weather phenomena make agriculture more difficult poses new challenges for corn breeders. This article looks at how climate change impacts the long-term working strategy of corn breeders, as well as their current everyday work on their tropical research farms. It explores the impact of climate change on corn breeding by looking at an example of a corn breeder who operates out of Olivia, MN, as well as out of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico.

Author Biography

Annka Liepold, National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Germany

Annka Liepold’s dissertation in Environmental Humanities is titled “Corn Capital. How Corn Shaped the Landscape, Industry, and Culture of Olivia, MN” and was completed in 2017. In 2015 she spent 9 months at the University of Kansas as a Visiting Scholar, pursuing research for her dissertation. She was the Rachel Carson Center’s Event Coordinator before joining Deutsches Museum curatorial team. Currently, Liepold works as a consultant for the National Academy of Science and Engineering.