Land-Grant Mission

The Land-Grant mission of the college—which encompasses research, education and extension programs—allows for the creation and dissemination of knowledge that improves lives for not only citizens of New York, but also the nation and people around the globe. Our history is rich with community partnerships to explore ideas and solve complex problems, taking our discoveries and insights to our stakeholders and using what we learn in the field back to our labs and classrooms on campus. Cornell CALS is home to several world-class outreach and extension programs that directly serve the public, sharing knowledge and best practices throughout New York state. Read more about Cornell University's Land-Grant commitment

Planning for a Prosperous Future

Working with producers, the research, teaching, and extension efforts of the nation's Land-Grant colleges and universities have made American agriculture the most productive in the world. Still, agriculture and agricultural producers—as well as consumers— face significant challenges. CALS' research, teaching and extension programs build community capacity, improve lives, protect the environment and enhance the economic well-being of people and communities. CALS' outreach activities influence the decision-making processes of families, businesses and governments in local, national and international venues.
 
CALS' Land-Grant mission intersects and overlaps all our core academic priorities, from food and energy systems to life sciences to environmental sciences to community and economic vitality. As science develops and society's needs evolve, CALS remains committed to research and education that is focused on serving the public good and making a positive impact on the world.