Welcome to the Montana State University Montana Agricultural Experiment Station! Our blend of learning (on- and off-campus), discovery and outreach programs through the federal/state partnership with the College of Agriculture and Extension Service reflects our university's unique Land Grant designation.
Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES)
- Land Grant Mission: teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanical arts (now engineering) as well as classical studies, so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education
- Foundational component of the original land grant college created in Bozeman in 1893
- Conducts research focused on state, regional and national issues on the Bozeman campus and at seven Research Centers throughout the State of Montana.
- Federal/State Partnership in funding and programmatic input.
- Federal funding from USDA- National Institute for Food and Agriculture for Hatch, Multistate and Animal Health base funds which must be matched 1:1 by the State.
- Montana provides the majority of MAES funds, considering MAES a state agency within the Montana University System.
- Research program goals and objectives integrate federal and state priorities
- MAES activities are comprehensively integrated with the College of Agriculture and MSU teaching, research and service functions.
- MAES’ goals (see below) address agricultural, natural resource, environmental, policy and societal issues as defined by the departments organized across research areas that complement teaching and outreach functions.
- MAES Advisory Committee assists the Ag Experiment Station with programming and goals.
In accordance with Montana statute, state agencies are required to provide their goals and objectives to the public, so that state government and the public can understand and evaluate our efforts in meeting the stated goals. MAES strives to:
- Provide leadership in developing ambitious, competitive and imaginative research activities that create new discoveries, positively impact undergraduate and graduate learning and gain national and international recognition; and
- Disseminate new research discoveries and deliver outreach programs that serve Montana in a global economic environment.
Our Vision:To create environments where people excel through innovative learning, discovery and outreach programs in agriculture and natural resources.
As a land grant institution, Montana State University provides education, research, and extension/outreach programs focused to meet the changing needs of Montana. The College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station generate and disseminate superior knowledge and technological solutions to increase the competitiveness of communities capturing value from Montana's agricultural and natural resources, preserve environmental quality, and improve the quality of life for all our citizens.