In the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students use science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and creative design to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems related to food, health and the environment.

4,798

TOTAL FALL 2018 ENROLLMENT WITHIN CANR UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

330

AGBIORESEARCH SCIENTISTS CONDUCTING LEADING RESEARCH FROM 7 MSU COLLEGES

362,000

MSU EXTENSION YOUTH & ADULT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS IN 2016-17

Land-Grant Roots

Building relationships, solving problems and meeting the needs of Michigan residents and the people of the world have been the focus of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) for more than 160 years.

As the first college at MSU and the model for the nation’s entire land-grant system, we take our land-grant mission seriously.

The CANR has pioneered advancements in agricultural and natural resources researchscholarship and outreach. Today, our land-grant roots are not only a part of our history, those roots also represent our future.

Rich History

In 1855, the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, now known as MSU, was founded to provide a practical education to all citizens regardless of social class. It was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to teach scientific agriculture and educated students to become farmers, engineers, educators and scientists.

On July 2, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, allowing for the creation of land-grant colleges.

MSU is the nation’s pioneer land-grant university and the model for this land-grant system across the country.

Learning & Community

The CANR provides students an academically challenging environment where they put their knowledge into practice on campus, in Michigan and around the globe.

Academic programs:

For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.

MSU AgBioResearch encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in seven colleges at MSU: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine. These researchers, in on-campus laboratories and at 13 outlying research centers across the state helping to solve the world's most challenging problems.

Centers, Farms and Forests

  • 5,200-acre campus
  • 14 buildings for classes and labs
  • 12 on-campus teaching and research centers
  • 17,500 acres in Michigan used for agricultural, animal and forestry research
  • 15 major research centers in Michigan

CANR Facilities

  • Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education
  • Dairy Plant and Store
  • Meat Lab
  • Greenhouses
  • Student Organic Farm
  • Woodlot and Bird Sanctuary
  • Horticultural Gardens
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