Land-Grant Universities And Agriculture's Future

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Sandy Rikoon, professor of rural sociology, University of Missouri

The Morrill Act of 1862 began a transformation of American agriculture. Congress donated 30,000 acres of public land to each state to establish what became known as land-grant colleges and universities. Now, with looming environmental challenges, land-grant institutions are more important than ever.

Correction July 10, 2012

We misidentified the land-grant college in California. It is the University of California, not the California state universities.

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