Agricultural Experiment Station

The History and Future of Agricultural Research

The Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) is the cornerstone of research efforts at the College of Agricultural Sciences. It empowers the college with capacity and flexibility to face challenges, seize opportunities, and sustain agriculture in Pennsylvania.

The AES was established with funding from the Hatch Act of 1887 and marked a huge leap in Penn State's agricultural science capabilities. Today, it serves as the college's umbrella organization for managing and reporting state and federally funded research.