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150th Anniversary of Land Grant University

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the land-grant university in the United States. In 1862, the Morrill Act established the land-grant university system with a mission to address critical public issues through teaching, research and outreach. Extension, which was established in 1914 under the Smith-Lever Act, is a vital part of the land-grant mission and history by connecting the public with scientific knowledge and expertise regarding critical issues in Minnesota.

The University will celebrate this year with a variety of activities and events to explore the University's land-grant legacy and future as well as the impact of our campuses, Extension, research and outreach centers and university offices across the state. University President Eric W. Kaler will be hosting forums that explore the 21st century land-grant vision.

Extension will join other University campuses and colleges in participating in the state and national discussions about the impact and future of the land-grant system. Watch the video, “1862-2012: A Founding Land Grant Institution” on Extension’s website, and visit the UMN Land Grant 150 website for more information and details about upcoming events.

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