The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Challenges, Opportunities and Optimism in Changing Times

Keeping pace with the complex and ever changing physical, economic and social environment surrounding agriculture today can seem overwhelming for many land-grant universities that are dealing with the effects of a global economic recession. Global economic expansion alongside changing technologies, policies and demographics place dramatic demands on agricultural science and education. Shane Burgess, Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Arizona, believes in keeping his eyes on the future. In his strategic plan for the college he writes, "We have always known that we need to be where the world is going, not where it is today." But with hundreds of thousands of entities involved in the production and distribution of food and agricultural products, trying to predict where the world is going is more challenging than ever before.

University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is ready and able to take on that challenge. Since its founding in 1885, U of A, like other land-grant universities, has had a powerful impact on the economy at both the state and national levels. Throughout the years, its contributions in academics, research and extensions (a channel for communicating new information to the marketplace) has made it an integral part of the regional community. While CALS strives to live up to its time-honored role of creating "new people and new knowledge for a new economy," current economic conditions have forced the college to reevaluate its strategy for accomplishing goals within new constraints.

Read the rest of this Seed Trade Association of Arizona 2013 Annual Guide article at the link below.

Date released: 
May 16 2013
Shane Burgess