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125 years

An ongoing exhibit in the Wilbur Cross Building and an interactive website mark the beginnings of the University's anniversary activities. ... more
It all started here
Connecticut's Land Grant University
In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Land Grant Act providing grants of federal land to each state to establish a college teaching agriculture, mechanical arts, and related subjects. Subsequent federal acts enlarged the responsibilities of these colleges. The University of Connecticut is the land-grant university in Connecticut. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources serves Connecticut through a wide variety of research, outreach education, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Research is administered through the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station. Cooperative Extension faculty and staff, working with a network of over 40,000 trained volunteers and eight extension councils, conduct outreach education and service programs throughout the state.

A key component of extension programs is training volunteers who become trainers themselves, leveraging the financial investment in the Cooperative Extension System.

The College maintains livestock, greenhouses, forested lands, gardens, and other operations for teaching, research, outreach education, and service programs.

The College is supported by federal and state appropriations, extramural and intramural grants and contracts, and contributions from the private sector.

As the original component of Connecticut’s land-grant university, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has as its primary mission education based on research, conducted in laboratories and in the field, that focuses on agriculture, the environment, food, families, and quality of life. The College provides high-quality, broad-based, relevant educational opportunities that prepare graduates to address the challenges of life today; it expands the frontiers of knowledge through research; and it enhances economic opportunities and quality of life for people of Connecticut and beyond.

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