Do you want to make a difference in this world and be a part of one of the fastest growing fields and markets in food and agriculture? Increasingly, farmers are looking for creative ways to increase and diversify farm income, while consumers are seeking sustainably raised food produced close to home.
Sustainable agriculture meets the needs of both farmers and consumers by creating agricultural systems that produce food for a growing population in a way that protects the environment and supports healthy, dynamic communities.
Whether your career interests lie on the production or consumer side or somewhere in between, a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture will provide you with the skills and knowledge to incorporate economic viability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility in food and farming systems.
Your tailored degree program will prepare you for many career opportunities. Some careers you might consider include:
Students in this program are required to complete a three-credit-hour internship or international experience in sustainable agriculture. You'll find that many opportunities are available for internships and research that reflect the variety of innovative food and farming systems and your own interests.
You can gain hands-on experience working with the Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture program. This program offers opportunities to collaborate with Missouri's sustainable farmers and agricultural professionals. You'll also have the chance to educate producers, consumers, and communities about sustainable food and farming systems.
The program works in both rural and urban areas and is a national leader in Extension activities in sustainable agriculture. Other opportunities exist for on- and off-campus research and internships. Students can assist faculty with research in animal or plant sciences, rural sociology, agricultural economics, agroforestry and nutritional science.
The University has an entire agricultural research farm in Mt. Vernon, Mo., dedicated to innovative practices in sustainable agriculture. Students have pursued research and internships in projects ranging from pasture-based dairy systems to fruit and vegetable production.
An excellent way to develop your leadership skills and professional contacts is to join any number of MU or CAFNR student organizations. These groups will give you the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom, make lifelong friends, and make a difference in the community. A few organizations you may be interested in joining include:
CAFNR Student Council includes representatives from every student club, class and degree program in the College. It serves as a communications link between faculty and students. As a member, you will be part of a key group for advocating change and voicing student concerns. You'll also help promote agriculture-related professions and communicate the importance of agriculture to the consumer and the state.
Sustain Mizzou is a University-wide student organization that is committed to creating a sustainable way of life at MU through public education and local action. The group works on a number of creative projects, including Tiger Tailgate Recycling, which collects tons of recyclables at MU home football games, and a 'Local' Food Drive, which raises money to purchase fresh, locally grown food for the Central Missouri Food Bank.
Tigers for Community Agriculture. The mission of Tigers for Community Agriculture is to increase awareness and involvement of others in the community and students on campus about community agriculture and its benefits. The group is oriented to gaining as much production experience in sustainable agriculture as possible.