Iowa State University's Agricultural Experiment Station may be compared to a tree production fruit. Just as the tree producing fruit. Just as the tree spreads its roots into the surrounding soil to gather nutrients and moisture, the Experiment Station spreads its roots to all parts of Iowa through the Outlying Experimental Farm system to gather research information.
Self, H. L.
"The Outlying Experimental Farms: Roots of Research,"
Iowa Farm Science: Vol. 18
, Article 3.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmscience/vol18/iss12/3