Northwest A&F University was established on September 11, 1999 by merging seven teaching and scientific research institutions in Yangling, Shaanxi Province, namely Northwest Agricultural University, Northwest Forestry College, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Northwest Institute of Water Resources Science, Shaanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Northwest Institute of Botany.
The Northwest A&F University has formed a talent contingent of qualified teachers and innovative researchers. Among the 4672 staff members, 378 hold senior technical titles and 929 associate professional titles, 240 of whom are doctoral supervisors and 650 master's supervisors.
Currently, NWAFU has 66, inclusive of 23 key labs, 28 engineering (technology) research centers, and 9 field observatories at national and provincial level, and 2 provincial research centers of philosophy and social sciences.
NWAFU library has a collection of over 2,800 Chinese periodicals, totaling more than 162,500 volumes, and over 1,600 foreign periodicals, totaling more than 140,500 volumes by the year of 2012. The library subscribes around 2,000 Chinese periodicals and over 180 foreign periodicals every year. 16 electronic databases of Chinese and foreign periodicals are subscribed.