sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

Kentucky State University offers opportunities for undergraduates and graduates students to study organic and sustainable agriculture through its College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems. Courses cover agroecology, organic livestock production, and organic and sustainable plant production systems.

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Projects and courses at the Jenner demonstration and research farm focus on agroecology, alternative energy, alternative farming practices, alternative pest management, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), organic farming, sustainable desert agriculture, and more.

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Other Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences departments also offer graduate and undergraduate coursework including organic production, biological control of pests, agroecology, soil and weed ecology, and sustainable agriculture. Graduate research opportunities.

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The course examines "the biological and physical attributes of farming systems and their associated ecological and social impacts in temperate and tropical regions."

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Research in organic topics, leading to a graduate degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA), is available in Dr. Delate's lab. Experiment station and on-farm organic agricultural research, Extension activities, bulletins, field days, and training.

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"This certificate concentrates on sustainable agriculture practices and business practices for sustainable small farm operations as well as core agroecological principles and fundamental ecological farm principles."

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Plant Science (B.S.) with coursework in Sustainable Agriculture. University also manages AGRIscapes, a 40-acre center for urban horticulture and sustainable agriculture, and the CalPoly Organic Farm.

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Multidisciplinary training and research programs, and on-farm research. George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station, and Cooperative Extension Service provide support for this program.

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The 365-acre Shone Farm provides hands-on experience to students in the Sustainable Agriculture and Animal Science Programs. Students produce and sell grass-fed beef, direct market value-added products, and operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

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"Agroecology is the study of the ecological, environmental, economic and social interactions of agricultural production systems. In this program students learn about the latest practices and research innovations in sustainable agriculture locally and internationally through classroom studies, hands-on experiences, and field trips. This is a multi-disciplinary concentration that will prepare students for a diversity of employment opportunities."

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The 300-acre Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. Two current projects include the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) research project and the ongoing 100-year study referred to as Long Term Research in Agricultural Sustainability (LTRAS).

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Rogers Farm serves as the University's sustainable agriculture research facility and is available for Cooperative Extension Service programs and teaching projects. The University's student-run community-supported agriculture program operates on the farm.

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The Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainable Living facilitates practical training and research and is used to demonstrate sustainable methods of soil improvement, weed and pest control, cover and biointensive cropping, rotation, use of compost and green manures, and alternative fuel research. The Center includes the Fulton Farm, a 50-acre farmstead, passive-solar greenhouses, solar and wind-generated electricity demonstrations, and a Community Supported Agriculture program.

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The Matanuska Experiment Farm at the University of Alaska is part of the Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station. It "provides a site in Southcentral Alaska for research in sustainable agriculture, land reclamation and other environmental issues" for students pursuing a Natural Resources Management (B.S.).

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This Minor focuses on "integrat[ing] knowledge and technology in a systems approach to manage land for sustainable utilization of natural resources."

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Farm practices at the University of Wisconsin's Pioneer Farm, a 430-acre laboratory and demonstration facility, focus on sustainable agriculture and agroecology with instruction in precision agriculture, soil conservation methods, and diversified cropping systems.

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This Major focuses on "integrat[ing] knowledge and technology in a systems approach to manage land for sustainable utilization of natural resources."

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