About Us

Breeding Insight (BI) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) & Agricultural Research Service (ARS) initiative hosted at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

The Breeding Insight initiative was launched in 2018 to level the playing field in the genomics era, creating new opportunities for specialty breeders in assimilating tools, technologies, and methods to catalyze the routine and accessible use of genomic insights. We integrate phenomics (trait analysis), genomics (genotypic data), data management, and software tools to help breeders increase the rate of genetic gain and create more healthy, nutritious, and sustainable specialty crops and animals.

The Challenges

Today’s specialty crop and animal breeders face a numerous hurdles, including logistical, technical, biological, and environmental challenges.

What We Do

Breeding Insight levels the playing field for specialty breeders who are ready to join the genomics revolution.

The Solutions

We address breeding challenges by integrating phenomics (trait analysis), genomics (genotypic data), data management, and software tools to help breeders increase rates of genetic gain.

Our Support Spans Regions

ARS Areas with Breeding Insight Support (Pilot Phase)

Our Leadership


Ed Buckler

Principal Investigator

Jean-Luc Jannink

Co-Principal Investigator

Tim Rinehart

Office of National Programs

Amanda Hulse-Kemp

BI On-Ramp Director

Cornell University

Moira Sheehan


Kirsten Richardson

Executive Administrative Assistant

Tim Parsons

Lead Developer


Species aren’t the only thing we’re breeding at Breeding Insight. Use the link below to see how BI can play a major role in helping you develop a rewarding professional career.

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Ready to get started?

Breeders, our easy-to-use, breeder-friendly software is here for you to test.

Developers, our source code is publicly available, licensed with Apache 2.0.