Research Experience

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate programs include coursework and research with individual faculty whose research programs emphasize agroecology, sustainable agriculture, soils, sustainable development, and restoration ecology.

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Graduate students conducting research in Sustainable Agriculture can earn one of five M.S. degrees or three Ph.D. degrees, depending on their interests.

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Students in the Alternative Crops Research Program investigate new or alternative crops for the Midwestern United States that can help mitigate pest problems or increase crop diversity.

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"West Virginia University's Organic Agriculture Research Farm is among the largest certified organic research farms dedicated to teaching, research and outreach." Undergraduates and graduates have access to seventy-seven acres of certified organic farm land for research on a range of academic disciplines, including "horiticulture, agronomy, soil science, animal science, soil biology, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, and agricultural economics."

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The Eggert Farmily Organic Farm, a 30-acre certified organic farm near the Pullman, WA campus, is operated through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. The farm is used for teaching and Extension, and for the WSU scientific community to conduct organic research projects. Students in the Practicum in Organic Agriculture class operate the farm and gain hands-on training in organic production and certification, and in local food marketing.

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Interdisciplinary research teams develop and implement integrated fruit crop pest management programs that are economical, environmentally sound, and transition toward organically approved and more sustainable systems. Produces Extension Service' Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables - Insect Management website.

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North Carolina A&T's University Farm is a 492-acre working farm and "the site of research on sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation, including swine waste research and soil conservation."

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