Dean: Jobert Kleine Koerkamp
The College of Agriculture is split into two respective specialty factions: crop science and animal science. Students receive basic knowledge of both fields to discover which one best suits them.
Animal science demands a greater amount of hands on effort and to a more intensive degree. Students learn how to administer vaccinations, feed animals properly, raise livestock or poultry from juvenile to adult, and much more. Students studying crop science, on the other hand, work with fertilizer implementation, experiment with a wide variety of plant life, integrate pest management effectively, and study the variables of weather on a harvest. Fermenting certain crops has been another process that students have experimented with. One neat opportunity lies in the Oyster Mushroom Laboratory, a place where students can grow oyster mushrooms for sale . One student even managed to pay for his entire tuition at FU by learning how to grow them properly and efficiently at home.
In addition to its two programs, the College of Agriculture has several internship and research opportunities to prepare students for farm management. Becoming a farmer is both a noble and fulfilling profession that offers an enriching life by working hand in hand with nature.
What soft skills are beneficial for a student studying agriculture?
-Adaptability is one of the key soft skills agriculture students need to sow the seeds of prosperity and success. There are countless variables to take into account with both animal and crop science, which means being able to think quickly and act on the fly. With adaptability comes the ability to swiftly observe slight changes that could snowball into something larger. Time management is also crucial for students to master because they follow several biological clocks in addition to society's.
What are the core values for the College of Agriculture at FU?
-The College of Agriculture emphasizes a deep commitment to the environment. By nurturing a respectful integrity and disciplined attitude for plants and animals, students foster a harmonious relationship with maintaining the resources that take care of us. Every action worth doing demands excellence and we make sure our students always bear this in mind, especially because their actions' consequences ripple into the environment and our community.
Do farmers care about the environment?
-More than ever! With the advancement of technology, the field of agriculture has developed a mind for going as green as possible, meaning less and less pollution while cultivating healthy, natural methods of raising our crops and livestock. We want the best for the world around us, which in turn makes us feel at our best. Who doesn't like a healthy, bountiful meal?
How is technology used in modern farming operations?
-Technology has allowed for greater efficiency and understanding in the field of agriculture. We can converse with countries all over the world to learn new, greener approaches and implement them effectively. We can also use an array of devices to monitor growth over time, identify harmful factors, and maximize the best conditions for our crops and livestock.
How do agriculture students care for crops and/or animals?
-At FU, our students learn a great deal of theory and then receive a lot of hands on experience to put their knowledge to the test. From vaccinating cows to growing oyster mushrooms to raising black soldier flies for composting purposes, there are so many fascinating topics to cover! We make sure students master tending to plants and animal with a gentle yet affirmative hand. They can count on our curriculum to grant them the confidence they need to build a healthy relationship with the environment.