“I believe that new facilities create a sense of innovation and creativity for students to develop in. It is like an invitation to fill the space around us and test possibilities. The environment we create, both physical and interpersonal, is an important piece of preparing students for their futures.”
Jacob Walter, Agricultural Education major
Rooted In Agriculture
Colorado State University’s roots in agriculture run deeper than those of the elms on the Oval. From the founding days of this university, agriculture has been at the core of our academic enterprise.
Since 1870 we have had the privilege of fulfilling our land grant mission – from improving the prosperity of agriculture and well-being of rural families in the early years, to meeting the food and fiber needs of a growing population. And today, a much broader responsibility rests on our shoulders in generating knowledge, creatively solving problems, passing on what we teach, and building the human capital to do that.
The new agriculture building represents our ability to build out on that promise – cultivating a commitment to our mission and harvesting a more sophisticated agriculture than we’ve ever seen before.
Stewarding the Future
As iconic as the “A” that rests on the foothills west of campus, Shepardson Hall became the home for Agricultural Sciences in 1938. Today, the building is a gateway to agriculture’s future, positioning CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences to become the preeminent global leader in the agricultural landscape of business, entrepreneurship, food safety and sustainability, technology, and biology.
We know that the next generation of thinkers produced by our college will be prepared to tackle the grand challenges facing our industry, including food security, resource stewardship, and water availability. We draw our confidence from the rich talent of our students, teachers, scientists and staff who call Shepardson home.
However, this kind potential without room to flourish is like a seed without soil. Potential takes root when nourished with cutting edge education, intentional collaboration, open conversation, modern equipment and technologies, and experiential learning.
The new agriculture building will translate today’s dreams into tomorrow’s reality. More than bricks and mortar, this space will be the foundation of a transformative experience in which sparks of inspiration are catalyzed for global impact.