Website Provides Research and Extension Impact Statements Across State and University Lines

Pat Keyser conducts native grasslands lecture

Pat Keyser (in orange shirt), director of the UTIA Center for Native Grasslands Management, conducts an outdoor lecture on the benefits of native grasses for pasture. Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has announced its participation in the National Land-grant Impacts website, a centralized online resource that highlights the teaching, research, and extension efforts led by land-grant universities. Specifically, the website provides access to university or regional-specific impact stories that document the research and extension programming planned, performed, and implemented by UTIA and other land-grant universities. The website, as a cooperative effort of land-grant universities, represents a single voice for the agricultural and natural resources research and Cooperative Extension arms of the land-grant universities.

“The Land-Grant Impacts website is a new tool that will better inform the American people and the international community of the significant agricultural research, education and extension impacts taking place at land grant universities across our nation, which offer practical solutions to today’s critical societal challenges. This website will help policy makers and the public learn more about this work that is partially supported with NIFA funding,” said Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Impact statements relay the results and impact of research and extension education programming. Information lists include contact information for university research and extension project leads and updates on funding, project implementation, or extension education impact. Impact statements are categorized according to six focus areas: food security; nutrition and health; youth, family, and communities; environmental stewardship; agricultural systems; and energy and bioproducts.

“Articulating positive changes as a result of Agriculture Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension research and education is critical today. The Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) celebrates the launch of this web site,” said Barbara Allen-Diaz, vice president, University of California, and chair, BAA Policy Board of Directors. “Having a searchable source for outcomes of our work will help to communicate the value of our research and extension programs in our land grant universities.”

The website also informs users about the history of the land-grant university system and how its mission has evolved since the systems’ founding. UTIA, like all land-grant universities, is committed to a three-fold mission of teaching, research and extension. The website fully demonstrates why teaching, research, and extension are interrelated and how they serve UTIA students, improve communities in Tennessee and benefit the nation.

Dr. Larry Arrington, UTIA chancellor, believes the national impacts website will be helpful in raising awareness about the land-grant system. “As I travel Tennessee, I am struck by the meaningful ways that our faculty and staff help in providing real life solutions. This new website will enable us to share stories about these impacts broadly, helping our citizens to take advantage of the resources available through our research and extension programs,” said Arrington.

The database includes
70 impact statements from UT and Tennessee State University, with 41 from research projects and 29 from Extension projects.

The University of Tennessee is one of 238 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations represented by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The land-grant university system has affiliations in all 50 states, the four U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, Mexico and Canada.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.


National Land-grant Impacts website



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