MSU was founded in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. Today,
the College of Agriculture is an integral part of fulfilling MSU’s land grant mission
to provide a liberal, practical education to the sons and daughters of Montana. As
part of the College of Agriculture, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES)
conducts research on old and new challenges for Montana’s agricultural community.
MAES creates opportunities for students and faculty to excel through hands-on learning,
to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct
and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community.
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Regents Professor John Priscu contributed to research that showed that even abrupt, short-lived climate events can cause long-term changes in polar regions over several years and change the trajectory of an ecosystem.
MSU doctoral graduate Alex Michaud is lead author of a paper that reveals that sediments from a lake beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet contain large amounts of methane. Michaud studied under Regents Professor John Priscu, a renowned polar scientist.
Montana State University’s online master’s program in environmental science has been recognized nationally. The rankings were made by SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004, in its annual Guide to Online Schools.
A $300,000 three-year National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant will allow MSU, CSU, regional maltsters, brewers and barley growers to investigate barley lines adapted for dryland agriculture and include flavor profiles for craft brewing industry.