Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station dons new name to better reflect breadth

The Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station has a new name: MSU AgBioResearch.

January 30, 2011

MSU AgBioResearch, Steve PueppkeThe Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station has a new name: MSU AgBioResearch. 

Founded in 1888, the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station has played a pivotal role in enhancing agriculture, managing natural and community resources, and enhancing the quality of life in Michigan, the nation and the world, said AgBioResearch director Steve Pueppke.

I am very pleased with the outcome of this naming process,” he said. “Our new name, along with the tagline ‘leading innovation in food, natural resources and energy,’ better conveys the breadth and relevance of the work we do while remaining true to our land-grant mission in support of Michigan agriculture.” 

The new name was selected following a yearlong process that included discussions with both internal and external partners, Pueppke said.

Nearly 400 scientists from six colleges at MSU are part of the AgBioResearch network. In addition to agricultural production research, AgBioResearch scientists are investigating topics ranging from alternative energy and biofuel production to childhood obesity, community development, environmental stewardship, and food safety and security.

AgBioResearch is committed to turning new discoveries into practical, real-world solutions that generate economic prosperity, sustain natural resources and enhance the quality of life for all, said Jeffrey Armstrong, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

MSU AgBioResearch provides essential research and development leadership for Michigan’s growing agriculture industry,” he said. “The new name better communicates the important purpose it serves for state employers, communities and residents.” For more information, visit www.agbioresearch.msu.edu

Photo: MSU AgBioResearch director, Steve Pueppke

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