University description (as per official university website)
Founded in 1908, under the motto of the Institute Gammon "Dedicated to the glory of God and Human Progress", the Agricultural School of Lavras, then College of Agriculture of Lavras (ESAL) and today, Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) , is a living example of achieving the ideals of its founder, Dr. Samuel Rhea Gammon, and its first director, Dr. Benjamin Harris Hunnicutt.
In a century of existence, the Federal University of Lavras was consolidated by its pioneering extension - promoted the First Exhibition National Agricultural Exhibition and the First Corn of the State of Minas Gerais, introduced the first air silo for storing grain in the state and also one of the first tractors to plow land in Brazil, and edited the first magazine of Minas Gerais directed to farmers - by the extraordinary generation of scientific and technological knowledge, but above all, the quality of teaching in their students, which , major raison d'Ítre of the institution, have been formed over the years, key players of proven excellence of the University.
The UFLA not only was able to make history over time, but above all, prepare for, this millennium, to exercise effectively its social role in teaching, research, extension and provision of services in a most strategic areas for all nation - the area of Agricultural Sciences - which, among other important issues, deals with the production of food, wood, fibers, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy, always face the challenge of exploiting natural resources in harmony with environmental preservation. The UFLA ready for their continued and effective performance in an area so vital to Brazil, because, besides being built on solid foundations, presents the availability of the most important means to success highly qualified human resources and fully committed to the institution's role .
The Federal University of Lavras - UFLA before Escola Superior de Agricultura de Lavras - ESAL, founded in 1908, during almost a century of existence, established itself for its pioneering in the extension and the extraordinary generation of scientific and technological knowledge. Over the years, UFLA has provided a quality education and excelling as an institution of excellence in Brazil and worldwide.
This University has not only been able to make history over time, but above all, prepare to exercise effectively its social role in teaching, research and extension, as well as being built on solid foundations, presents the availability of the most important means of success: human resources, highly skilled and totally committed to the institution's role.
As an important form of relationship with society at the University, UFLA through this program, has as main objective to expand and continuously improve the scope of its activities, becoming increasingly important in the current context of globalization and transformation of society. Donations from friends, parents, students, alumni and organizations not only contribute to the formation of thousands of students and researchers, as well as to undertake research in all areas of knowledge and extension activities designed to promote the advancement of Brazilian society.