University of Illinois

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP) "works to enhance the quality of agricultural and environmental education at the University of Illinois through support [of] graduate students studying critical issues in agriculture, food systems and their interactions with the environment and society."

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In addition, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Crop Science graduate programs include coursework and research with individual faculty whose programs emphasize agroecology, integrated pest management, urban agriculture, and sustainable landscapes. Minors in Crop Science can focus in same subject areas represented in undergraduate concentrations.

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The online certificate focuses sustainable production of plants, fruits, crops, medicinal plants, and vegetables. The program is open to high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, master gardeners, and others.

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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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Students use organic techniques on six acres for outdoor field production and on 9,000 square feet of year round high tunnel production. "The farm is a hands-on learning environment for low-input, environmental and economically sustainable food production."  The farm hosts research projects, offers tours and workshops related to organic and sustainable agriculture, and markets agricultural products to university residence halls or directly to customers on campus.

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