Nominations for the 2018 Justin Smith Morrill Lecture

Each year the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joins with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to sponsor a lecture presented at the APLU Annual Meeting. The lecture honors one of the three most important historical figures of the Land-grant University system, William Henry Hatch for research, Seaman A. Knapp for extension, and Justin Smith Morrill for whom the Morrill Act which created the Land-grant University system is named.

NIFA and APLU are seeking nominations to honor Justin Smith Morrill – the U.S. Senator primarily responsible for enactment of the historic legislation establishing the land-grant university system. The Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Lectureship is awarded to honor outstanding contemporary leadership in teaching and significant contributions as an educator. Continue reading

Send in nominations for the 2017 Seaman A. Knapp Lecture

Each year the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joins with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to sponsor a lecture presented at the APLU Annual Meeting. The lecture honors one of the three most important historical figures of the Land-Grant University System, William Henry Hatch for research, Seaman A. Knapp for extension, and Justin Smith Morrill for whom the Morrill Act, which created the Land-Grant University System, is named.

NIFA and APLU are seeking nominations to honor Seaman A. Knapp, the father of the Cooperative Extension concept. In 1906, Knapp initiated the county-agent plan. To promote the plan, he organized boys’ cotton and corn growing clubs and in 1910, a girls’ corn and poultry club. These organizations were the forerunners of the modern 4-H clubs. In today’s rapidly changing world, Cooperative Extension has evolved to meet the shifting local, national, and global needs of the people it serves. Continue reading

USDA Announces $18.9 Million Available to Support Agricultural Education at 1890s Land-grant Institutions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $18.9 million in funding for eligible 1890 land-grant colleges and universities to obtain or improve agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment. The 1890 Facilities Grant Program helps the eligible institutions educate the future workforce in the food, agricultural and human sciences job sectors.

“This funding signals our ongoing commitment to create future leaders and skilled professionals in the field of agricultural innovation,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “By building adequate facilities we help 1890 land-grant universities and institutions sustain their programs in agriculture, food and human sciences.” Continue reading

IPM in Alabama honored during commemorative event

The Alabama IPM Program was one of four collaborations highlighted last week during the Joint Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act.

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