University of Florida

Celebrating 150 Years

Smart gardeners know they can turn to their local Extension offices to get their gardening questions answered.

What they may not realize is that the roots of the Extension system stretch back to 1862, when Abraham Lincoln signed a key piece of legislation known as the Morrill Act.

This year the University of Florida and many other organizations are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act.

The Morrill Act established the land-grant system of colleges and universities and created opportunities for education, learning, and research across the United States.

Today, UF/IFAS Extension continues the legacy of the Morrill Act by educating Floridians on best practices in gardening and agriculture, family, youth, and community sciences, as well as other topics.

To learn more about what UF is doing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, visit