A proud alumnus of the University of Missouri, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today applauded the unanimous approval of her resolution commemorating the 150th anniversary of the creation of land-grant universities in the United States, including the University of Missouri and Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
"I know firsthand the benefits and level of expertise these universities offer students in Missouri and across the country," said McCaskill, who joined Senator Pat Leahy (Vt.) and others in gaining approval of the resolution. "This is one thing we can all agree is important in our continuing mission to provide our kids with the best educational opportunities. After 150 years of land-grant universities, our schools still lead the pack in cutting-edge research and innovation."
The 1862 passage of the Morrill Act led to the establishment of land-grant universities and public research universities in the United States as a way to provide students access to top-notch institutions.
The University of Missouri's Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts research in agriculture, forestry, animal science and natural resources remains a leading example of the services land-grant universities provide nationwide. Today, more than 100 land-grant universities exist across the country.