U.S. Department of Agriculture established as a cabinet-level department
The Morrill Act established a nationwide system of colleges called the land-grant system, endowed by grants of public lands.
Mississippi became a part of the land-grant system with the first assignment of funding to Alcorn University and the University of Mississippi.
Mississippi A&M in Starkville was established as Mississippi’s land-grant institution.
The Hatch Act established the agricultural experiment station system, with a focus on applied research.
The Mississippi legislature passed the experiment station act. State Sen. J.Z. George (namesake of George Hall at Mississippi State) helped lay much of the groundwork by introducing the first experiment station bill in 1885.
The Second Morrill Act provided direct support to each state for land-grants.
The state legislature appropriated funds for a “mechanical” curriculum at Mississippi A&M
The School of Engineering was established.
The Smith-Lever Act established the cooperative extension system to make knowledge directly available to farmers and farm families.
The Mississippi legislature assigned responsibility for extension work to Mississippi A&M College.
Mississippi A&M became Mississippi State College.
A separate School of Forest Resources was established at Mississippi State.
Mississippi State College became Mississippi State University.
The position of vice president for the agricultural division was established at Mississippi State.
The McIntire-Stennis Forestry Act was passed, further establishing the importance of commercial forests.
The Mississippi legislature, recognizing the significance of 17 million acres of commercial forestry to the state, established the Forest Products Utilization Laboratory at Mississippi State.
The Mississippi legislature approved the establishment of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State.
The MSU Extension Service’s 30-minute Farmweek TV program debuted statewide on Mississippi public broadcasting stations. Devoted to agriculture and rural life, Farmweek is the longest-running program of its type in the nation.
The Forest and Wildlife Research Center was established by the legislature.
With a $25 million gift, the College of Engineering became the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering.
Mississippi State received a “Very High Research” designation from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In FY 2010, the university secured $201 million in external research funding. Among all institutions--public and private--the university's expenditures in agricultural sciences ranked 7th nationally, with engineering 34th.