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"Breaking Ground for the Future" was the theme for a major announcement today on a new level of collaboration between University of Nebraska-Lincoln and ConAgra Foods. The collaboration continues and accelerates research and development projects at Nebraska Innovation Campus -- the university's project for private-public innovation and research. Through the collaboration ConAgra Foods hopes to foster a culture of innovation related to food science. For example, the collaboration will help to further understanding and knowledge related to popcorn and tomato breeding and research. Alongside university students and faculty, ConAgra Foods will leverage leased space in greenhouses at Nebraska Innovation Campus, where it will grow and research tomatoes, such as those used in Hunt's and Ro*Tel brands. ConAgra Foods also will continue its research on popcorn at the university. The company expects to harvest more than 100 million pounds of Nebraska-grown popcorn this year alone, which is used in Orville Redenbacher's and ACT II popcorn.