Agriculture Hall

Location: East Lansing, MI 48823, USA


This is one of the buildings occupied by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Michigan State University began in 1855 as the State Agricultural College, and the university has maintained a very strong agricultural program to the current day. The faculty and students of MSU have a long record of working with communities to resolve problems and to share knowledge. Today, Michigan still relies very heavily on its agricultural production. For these reasons, MSU has long been involved in working with pesticides, to study their effectiveness and side effects. In the 1950s, DDT was widely believed to be a wonder chemical, due to its successes in controlling many insect pests. When Wallace and his students were suggesting that DDT could be the cause of the deaths of the robins on campus, there were some staff members and students in the Agriculture College who dismissed the results and questioned Wallace’s credibility. Today, MSU agricultural research and practices closely consider ecological ramifications, and pesticide use is seen as only one aspect of pest control.

Enter the building by the south door (wheel chair accessible) and go to the central hall for a small display on current research.

Exit the building via the main west door. As you leave Agriculture Hall, you will see quite a number of elms. All are regularly treated with fungicide to keep them alive. If you look closely at the elm directly in front of the main entrance to the building, you may be able to see on the north side of the trunk a round hole where fungicide has been injected into the tree. Then turn south and walk to the Red Cedar River.

When you reach the river, turn left.

Order: Stop 10

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