UC Agricultural Experiment Station

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources integrates the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and Cooperative Extension (UCCE) to fulfill UC's land-grant mission. 


Collaborating to solve problems, connecting to serve communities

Agricultural Experiment Station Faculty (AES) and UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Specialists and Advisors collaborate across the UC ANR network and the entire UC system to bring research-based solutions to local communities.


Stories Highlighting the Impact of AES-CE Collaborations

These are developed in partnership between the UC ANR Program Council, with programmatic leaders from AES and UCCE and Strategic Communications. 


Visit the UC ANR directory to find the AES researchers who are working in your areas of interest and make a connection.

AES Mission

The AES is a system of campus-based scientists with the mission to develop cutting-edge new knowledge and technologies to address agricultural, natural resources, and health issues. UC's AES faculty conduct land-grant mission research and transfer basic and applied knowledge to the public through UC Cooperative Extension.

AES History

In 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which authorized the allocation of federal lands to each state to fund the development of agricultural and mechanical science land-grant colleges. The University of California was chartered as California’s land-grant university. Subsequently, the Hatch Act of 1887 established state Agricultural Experiment Stations. Later in 1914, the Smith-Lever Act established Cooperative Extension services to extend university research through outreach and education. 

For more information: California Agriculture Journal (2021) The Morrill Act at 150: How a land-grant law launched the University of California Volume 66, Number 2