1862, Congress passed the Morrill Land Grant Act providing
grants of federal land to each state to establish a college
teaching agriculture, mechanical arts, and related subjects.
Subsequent federal acts enlarged the responsibilities
of these colleges. The University of Connecticut is the
land-grant university in Connecticut. The College of
Agriculture and Natural Resources serves Connecticut
through a wide variety of research, outreach education,
and undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Research
is administered through the Storrs Agricultural Experiment
Station. Cooperative Extension faculty and staff, working
with a network of over 40,000 trained volunteers and
eight extension councils, conduct outreach education
and service programs throughout the state. A key component
of extension programs is training volunteers who become
trainers themselves, leveraging the financial investment
in the Connecticut Cooperative Extension System.
The College maintains livestock, greenhouses, forested
lands, gardens, and other operations for teaching, research,
outreach education, and service programs.
The College is supported by federal and state appropriations,
extramural and intramural grants and contracts, and contributions
from the private sector.
As the original component of Connecticut’s land-grant
university, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
has as its primary mission education based on research,
conducted in laboratories and in the field, that focuses
on agriculture, the environment, food, families, and
quality of life. The College provides high-quality, broad-based,
relevant educational opportunities that prepare graduates
to address the challenges of life today; it expands the
frontiers of knowledge through research; and it enhances
economic opportunities and quality of life for people
of Connecticut and beyond.
- The College must engage the world as its partner.
- The College must honor traditions while building
on strengths and developing areas of emphasis for future
- Growth in human, financial, and capital resources
must be acquired
for the College to advance.
- The College must enhance existing and develop new
sources of funding to ensure excellence for the future.
- Efficient, effective communications.
- Diversity through individuals, cultures, ideas, and
Cooperation through multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, cross-functional
- Economic viability for agricultural, natural resource,
and environmental enterprises.
- Excellence through creativity, originality, and innovation
development and dissemination of knowledge.
- Scholarship in teaching, scholarship in research,
and scholarship in Extension based on peer review.
- Integrity and accountability through credibility,
objectivity, honesty, and trust.
- Quality education through the land grant mission
of access to education for youth, adults, and families
in the classroom and communities.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has
established initiatives for research, extension, and
teaching that build on traditions, strengths, and excellence
for the future.
- Economic viability of agriculture, natural resources,
and environmental enterprises.
- Sustainability of agriculture and the environment.
- Food and health
- Agricultural biotechnology
- Workforce development – formal and informal
- Agricultural and food bio-security
- Stem cell and regenerative biology
- Access to veterinary medical education for Connecticut