Back in 1862 (150 years ago) the US was in the midst of The American Civil War, yet on July 2nd of that year the federal land-grant law was passed. Nearly every state and US territory has a land grant university.
The land grant program was a strategic investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Agriculture that has much to do with making the USA what it is today.
I wanted to point this out on the 150th anniversary, only because it shows what the long term effect of a good investment can be. No matter how desperate the times, it can still pay to think strategically.