Food and fiber production has been revolutionized over the past 150 years, with the U.S. land-grant colleges and universities leading the way. The Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and four state agricultural agencies, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory — all members of The Texas A&M University System — have joined the other land-grant institutions throughout the United States to improve the production, processing, and distribution of food and fiber and meet the needs of a rapidly growing state and nation.
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862, Texas A&M AgriLife has published The Land Grant Legacy in the Lone Star State. This visual history project began as part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Centennial Celebration and quickly grew to encompass all parts of Texas’s great land-grant system and legacy.
The work of Texas A&M AgriLife is geared to the maintenance of a healthy, peaceful, and productive society. The book highlights the evolution of AgriLife including how:
- AgriLife programs have revolutionized cotton harvesting, improved irrigation systems, increased rice and other grain yields, and harnessed biomass for fuel.
- AgriLife teaching and training have markedly enhanced the body of knowledge available to agriculture and the life sciences and have greatly increased leadership and education in these fields.
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