sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The degree focuses on agriculture, agribusiness, and agritourism, covers "both traditional and sustainable agricultural sciences," and emphasizes "new and emerging technologies for high yield and specialty agriculture" for regional small farms.

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The Agricultural Sciences major combines diverse coursework with hands-on experience at the Dilmun Hill Student Farm. The sustainable cropping systems management curriculum focuses on "the production and management of crop systems, including the use of both organic and conventional methods."

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The Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) program within the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy "fuses the disciplines of nutrition, agricultural science, environmental studies, and public policy." Students "learn to evaluate the ecological, political, economic and social aspects of food production and distribution." Research opportunities are offered in sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and consumer behavior related to food and the environment.

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This course "is a comprehensive introduction to aquaponics" and includes "information on the design and construction of an aquaponics system." The course consists of 14 weekly modules.

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"The Agroecology program ... combines student-centered research, education, and community engagement in various projects to address locally relevant issues that affect agroecosystems in South Texas, including in sustainable agriculture, community supported agriculture, urban forestry, and sustainable food systems."

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Coursework in the Agricultural Technology Program covers organic and sustainable agriculture technology, organic food production systems, sustainable vegetable production, sustainability practices, alternative energy, precision agriculture, high tunnels, and hydroponic systems and more. "Emphasis is placed on the application of sustainability principles on the university's farm, research plots, gardens, hydroponic systems, greenhouses, and high tunnels."

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The Major in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture also is available at the Pullman, Washington campus.

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The Bachelor's degree provides students with a "holistic and practical understanding of resources fundamental to the management of sustainable crop production systems."

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The E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit, one of two organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system, has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers. Research areas include certified organic vegetable production and conservation tillage aspects of sustainable agriculture.

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The 23-acre Student Farm offers practical, hands-on sustainable agriculture education through courses, internships, special projects, summer organic farming internship, a pollinator program, a garden-based child/youth-focused education program and research projects. Undergraduate and graduate sustainable agriculture courses and curricula offered in conjunction with other courses on campus.

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"This interdisciplinary option provides students with knowledge in sustainable agriculture and management and business management skills."

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Certificate of Completion Program includes sustainable and organic agriculture techniques practiced on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. Courses in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production.

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The Major in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture also is available at the Everett, Washington campus. The Eggert Family Organic Farm, a 30-acre certified organic farm, is used for teaching and Extension, hands-on learning, and research.

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Certificate of Achievement Program includes sustainable and organic agriculture techniques practiced on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. Courses in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production.

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Students in the Agriculture and Food Systems major can "tailor their course work to their specific interests" to focus their area of study on sustainable or organic agriculture, agricultural policy and entrepreneurship, alternative energy, community supported agriculture or other interests.

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The program includes sustainable and organic agriculture techniques practiced on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. Courses in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production.

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Interdisciplinary program in the Crop and Soil Sciences and the Horticultural Science departments offers three concentrations:  Agroecology Research and Production; Community Food Systems; or Urban Horticulture.

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Students in this program "gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural systems and obtain skills in analyzing ag systems from a multi-disciplinary and integreated approach." The minor is open to all students.

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