• The Land-Grant University System

    is being built on behalf of the people, who have invested in these public universities their hopes, their support, and their confidence.Abraham Lincoln, upon signing the Morrill Act, July 2, 1862
  • Iowa State University

    then known as Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm, became the nation's first land-grant college on March 29, 1864.It is one of more than 70 institutions which hold this designation today.
  • The land-grant colleges

    were founded on the idea that a higher and broader education should be placed in every State.Senator Justin Morrill speaking in 1887, 25 years after passage of the Morrill Act
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Land-Grant Universities provide a practical college education in agriculture and engineering to Americans.

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Experiment Stations conduct practical research based on real-world problems in order to improve lives.

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Cooperative Extension connects people across the nation with the latest research from the university.

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Areas of ImpactLand-Grant Universities Make a Positive Difference

Food Security

Ensuring your family has enough to eat, and that your food is safe, affordable, nutritious, and readily available.

Nutrition & Health

Providing for your family's healththrough nutrition, genomics, physical activity, wellness, and management of chronic disease.

Youth, Family, & Communities

Creating engaged citizens for our future with economic and community development, leadership, and youth development programs.


Environmental Stewardship

Creating a sustainable future for our natural environment through stewardship of the ecosystem, energy conservation, and water management.

Agricultural Systems

Ensuring profitability and productivity and sustainability for food and fiber production systems, using innovative and time-tested methods.

Energy & Bioproducts

Leading the way in energy technologies such as bioproducts, biofuels, biomass, and other energy technologies and techniques.

Land-Grant Impacts

  • Extension's 4-H and Youth programs help keep children safe from gangs and drugs after school. imageTexas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceTexas
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