Founded in 1938 as Agricultural College of State-Run Yunnan University which later gained its independence as Kunming Agricultural and Forestry College (KGFC) in 1958, Yunnan Agricultural University (YAU) was officially established in 1972 after KGFC merged with Yunnan Agricultural and Working University in 1971. The university was authorized to award master’s degree and doctoral degree in 1983 and in 2003 respectively, and established a center for post-doctoral studies in 2007. It was graded as “Excellence” in the undergraduates teaching assessment administered by the Ministry of Education in 2008. Based on the education and management resources, Yunnan Rural Cadres’ Institute was established on the campus of YAU in 2009 and Yunnan Institute of Food Safety Management in 2013 by Yunnan Provincial Party Committee and Yunnan Provincial Government. The present secretary of party committee of YAU is Professor Zhang Haixiang and the present president of YAU is Professor Sheng Jun.