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."
The Agricultural Sciences major combines diverse coursework with hands-on experience at the Dilmun Hill Student Farm. The organic agriculture curriculum provides instruction "about the philosophy and regulations involved with certified organic crop production" and on "practical ways of growing crops and managing pests using organic methods."
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."
Dilmun Hill is "a student-run organic research farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University's campus for more than two decades." The farm offers students with "opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research." Students operate campus farm stands and supply produce to the campus dining services.
Cornell University manages research farms, orchards, greenhouses, and other facilities dedicated to sustainable agriculture and to organic research. Research programs focus on: organic vegetable production; weed and crop management, organic production systems and breeding and variety testing; organic grain trials; pest management; vegetable pest and crop management systems; organic greenhouse production; organic grape production; and organic apple production.