This is a commentary on the rationale for globalizing programs in U.S. colleges of agriculture. Arguments for globalizing undergraduate education, graduate education, faculty experience, research collaboration, and outreach are presented. The principle of integration of a global perspective into all aspects of higher education, research, and outreach in agriculture is described and supported with examples. The authors argue that the globalization of agriculture programs will be a key pathway to continuous improvement of quality at U.S. land-grant institutions in the 21st century.


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