Introduction from CANR Dean Ron Hendrick

Dean Ron Hendrick details the importance of international research, outreach and education.

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Ron Hendrick, CANR Dean

On behalf of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU), I am pleased to report the remarkable progress achieved by our international programs in 2019 and 2020. As the founding college of MSU, we’ve managed to continue the legacy of the land-grant mission by delivering impactful research, teaching and outreach efforts. This work stretches over the past 60 years, and beyond the boundaries of Michigan and the U.S. across the globe. It has truly transformed MSU into a world-grant university.

In fact, the international portfolio of our college represents 35% of MSU’s international programming. That’s especially impressive given the university has 17 degree-granting colleges.

Food, agriculture and natural resources connect all of us. Food systems and food markets continue to expand globally. Our college remains committed to addressing worldwide challenges related to food and nutritional security, climate change and natural resources management to feed the growing population and enhance livelihoods.

During the past year, CANR has launched unique initiatives and support services to enhance engagement of early- and mid-career faculty members in international programs. Among them, the “Global Scholars Programs” was launched in January 2020 to develop the next generation of leaders in diverse areas of agriculture and natural resources in a global context.

We look forward to serving as a catalyst for increasing our international footprint to make this world better.


Ron Hendrick, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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