Building relationships, solving problems, and meeting the needs of Michiganders and people around the world have been the focus of the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) for more than 150 years. The CANR has pioneered advancements in agricultural and natural resources research, scholarship, and outreach. The CANR focuses on the big issues—food safety and security, water quality, energy alternatives and usage, improved crop yields, and new crop varieties that reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides, and improved health and nutrition—and finding ways to use the world’s resources to the best and most sustainable benefit of the Earth and its people.
“Our researchers, students, faculty members and Extension educators work together on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in food, energy and the environment. Advances made by our people will improve lives today and well into the future. Meeting these challenges head on is hard work that demands dedication and perseverance — we are prepared to take on the challenges that face the world because it’s what we have always done.”
The challenges we face and the problems we seek to solve are the most essential ones possible—among them food, energy and environment—and they demand the very best people to create an unparalleled engine of thought and processes. We seek funding for undergraduate support, graduate fellowships and resources to give these individuals the best education possible—on our campus and around the world.
We seek faculty members who can create new knowledge, educate and inspire our students, and work collaboratively with colleagues in other colleges and industries. Endowed professorships enable the CANR to effectively compete for top faculty. Endowments in the CANR propel the development of practical solutions that will feed the world, protect our natural resources, and revitalize Michigan’s economy. To be a recognized, world-class scholar in the CANR, a faculty member must not only be brilliant but also possess the dedication to make a difference—in the classroom, in the lab, in our communities, in the field, and around the globe. These men and women are the heart of this college. Attracting and retaining the best is crucial to our success.
The interdependency of food, water, energy, and human capital needs to be recognized and harnessed to engender a sustainable standard of living worldwide. In the CANR, we see a world where nourishing food, safe water, and clean, abundant fuel are available to all. Furthermore, we are convinced that Michigan’s future prosperity depends on achieving this global vision. Therefore, the CANR’s three critical priorities are food, energy, and the environment.
Cutting-edge research and programs need top facilities. We seek funding for improvements at the Kellogg Biological Station, the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, the Food Innovation Center, Packaging Building renovation, South Campus Farms, as well as numerous classroom and lab renovations. To sustain a vibrant community of research and education, we also need endowed and discretionary funds. Unrestricted investment in the CANR, by contrast, allows us to respond quickly to needs and opportunities that arise outside of the limits of daily budgets or targeted funding initiatives. Ample discretionary funds will strengthen our ability to innovate, pioneer new fields of research, and transform the way we teach, collaborate, and engage. Generous support will also enable the CANR to strengthen its entrepreneurial culture in both teaching and research while providing critical-needs funding for innovative programs across the college.