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Land-Grant University
Research

Our Path to a More Sustainable Future

For more than 150 years Land-grant universities have pursued a threefold mission of extending access to higher education, cultivating practical fields like agriculture and engineering, and contributing to economic development. A deeper commitment to research, discovery, and innovation was formed with the establishment of a system of Agricultural Experiment Stations in 1887.

 

Today, land-grant universities make discoveries that sustainably transform agriculture and life sciences and solve global challenges to enrich lives.

Our research improves human and planetary well-being. 

Woman Farming, Science For A Better World

Science For A
Better World
Better for People, Better for the Planet

The Experiment Station Section is the research arm of the historical land-grant university system. Our mission is to promote and elevate agricultural research to stimulate institutional collaboration and make the world more food secure. 

DISCOVER OUR IMPACT

Agricultural Experiment Stations

Agricultural innovation is happening now, right in your backyard. Through the vast and robust network of land-grant universities, solutions to tomorrow's global challenges are being discovered today.

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Alaska

Hawaii

American Samoa

Guam

Micronesia

Puerto Rico

Virgin Islands

Northern Marianas

Agricultural Experiment Station Institutions

founded in 1862

Agricultural Research Institutions

founded in 1890

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Curious about where this innovative work is being done?

Check out our interactive map below to learn more about an experiment station near you. Click a star (representing each state's land-grant institution) and discover the latest research highlights and impact stories happening now!

Impact

OUR WORK

Woman scientist with a cow

FOOD
SECURITY

Ensuring everyone’s family has enough to eat, and that their food is safe, affordable, nutritious, and readily available.

Arid and dry environment

ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP

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

Three Generations of a family

YOUTH, FAMILIES &
COMMUNITIES

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

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HEALTH &
NUTRITION

Providing for your family’s health through nutrition, genomics, physical activity, wellness, and management of chronic disease.

OUR PRIORITIES

Black woman scientist in a laboratory.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY IN RESEARCH & EDUCATION

Land-grant institutions are committed to overcoming past
injustice and ensuring equal opportunity, diversity, inclusion. It is our duty to ensure our programs and services do not perpetuate systems of oppression and injustice.

 

We challenge ourselves to not simply strive to become non-racist but commit to an active anti-racist agenda in all aspects of our work.

ENSURE AMPLE FUNDING
FOR WORLD-CLASS INNOVATION

The land-grant university system serves the nation by fostering excellence in research innovation while providing avenues to train future global leaders in agriculture and food systems. 

Unless the federal government moves quickly to address the growing funding gap for schools of agriculture, the United States risks falling behind on the world stage. 

Innovative farming systems

IMPROVED
CLIMATE INTELLIGENCE
& RESILIENCE

Land-grant universities enjoy broad-based support from the communities we serve.  We have a unique connection to every county, parish, and sovereign tribal nation throughout the country.

 

Our work brings hope and opportunity through partnerships between community, research, and teaching in a way that only land-grant universities can.

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OUR REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

EVENTS

  • Communicators Focus: agInnovation Rebrand Webinar
    Communicators Focus: agInnovation Rebrand Webinar
    Thu, Oct 19
    Oct 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
    agInnovation Rebrand Webinar
    This webinar is specific for communicators within the Land-grant University system. We will illustrate the new agInnovation brand assets and how you and your teams may properly utilize them. All LGU Communicators and Experiment Station/Agricultural Research team members are encouraged to attend.
EVENTS
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