MSU Research History: Among the First Ag Experimenters
1888 – The Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station – now MSU AgBioResearch – is created after the passage of the 1887 Hatch Act, which called for a nationwide network of agricultural experiment stations. These stations were charged with conducting research and development projects on behalf of farmers. In 1925, the Purnell Act added agricultural economics, rural sociology and home economics to the experiment stations’ mission.
Source: AgBioResearch website