Penn State Fulfilling The Land Grant Mission in the Early 21st Century

Morgan Auditorium, Student Community Center, Penn State Schuylkill

Founded in 1855 and designated Pennsylvania’s land-grant institution in 1863, Penn State requested money from the state legislature in 1911 to fund a system of agricultural agents to share knowledge from the School of Agriculture with practicing farmers across the state. Penn State has continued to grow the extension operation over the years with a particular focus on agriculture, the environment, human health, and in areas such as pollination ecology and human and animal diseases. Today, Penn State is leading the nation in delivering extension advice and information at locations across the commonwealth and online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Richard Roush is the dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. His career has included research, teaching, regulatory and administrative appointments in both the United States and Australia. Roush will address the impact of the land-grant model by comparing data from the United States and Australia to illustrate the advantages of the land-grant model and the benefit to agriculture and rural life in the United States.

Penn State Schuylkill's 85th Anniversary Invited Speaker Series will take place in Morgan Auditorium, Student Community Center. All events are free and open to the public.