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Agriculture Program

Grinstead Building, Room 126
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4240
Email: Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair


Agriculture Facilities

Agriculture's facilities are designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the current technology available in the area of agricultural labs and equipment.

Computer Lab


The agricultur’s computer lab is located in Grinstead Building, Room 129. It contains 19 IBM compatible systems; all on the university network with access to the Internet and to a laser jet printer. Additional peripherals include a digital camera, and a CD "burner". The computers are installed with the Windows XP operating system, Microsoft Word Suite (includes Excel and Power Point), Minitab Statistical Software, and MAPINFO GIS programs. Specialized horticulture programs include an AutoCAD based horticultural landscape design package and plant identification programs.

The purpose of the computer lab is to provide a location for teaching the Computer Applications for Agriculturalists class and computer related sections of other agriculture classes. The lab is also open for individual student use during specified hours of the day.


Greenhouse/Nursery Complex & Horticultural Crops Research Complex

Greenhouse Greenhouse1


The Greenhouse/Nursery Complex, located at 408-10 E. Broad consists of two greenhouses and a LATH house located on one acre. The newest greenhouse is a 5,000 sq. ft. facility possessing state-of-the-art climate control and production capabilities. This facility is utilized in various horticulture courses allowing students the opportunity to gain skills in the care, grooming, propagation, and trial marketing of plants. These greenhouses have the capacity to house approximately 8,000 plants at one time. During the 2000-2001 school year, 70 dwarf fruit trees and 25 blueberry bushes were planted in the rear of the Greenhouse complex to expand student opportunities in caring for orchard crops.

The Horticultural Crops Research Complex, located at 604 Jefferson, is an area designated for the production of vegetable and fruit crops, and turf grass. These lab facilities are designed for the students at Central Missouri. They may be utilized for both class labs and student individual special projects.


University Farm

student project farm


The University Farm consists of the 260 acre Prussing Farm belonging to the agriculture department. The farm is utilized as a teaching laboratory for students at Central Missouri. The farm is operated both as a laboratory and a production unit to supplement the operational budget for a given year.

Hands-on experience is available to students in the areas of agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and soils. The farm maintains a registered herd of Simmental cattle to broaden the scope of animal science involvement for our students. Recent acquisitions for the farm include a number of registered Angus cattle, a Heatwatch system for monitoring breeding activities, and an ultra sound system. The farm participates in a leasing program with John Deere to provide students with the opportunity to experience the current technology available in the area of agricultural equipment.

Agriculture Mechanics Laboratory

farm power tig welding


The Agriculture Mechanics Laboratory, located at 305 E. Broad, is used for Agri Mechanics, Advanced Agri Mechanics, and Farm Power and Machinery. The laboratory houses a variety of Lincoln Electric welders, a CNC Plasma Cam, paint booth, and various other metal fabrication equipment.


Mitchell Street Farm


Located in town off of Mitchell Street, this 110 acre farm is currently utilized for agronomical research, forage production, and hands-on experience for agronomy and soils classes.


Shooting Range

range range sign


As being part of the Prussing Farm, the shooting range offers students and the community opportunities in wildlife conservation and sporting clays. Built in 2005, the range has three trap ranges, one skeet range, and a 5-stand. Monthly competition shoots are held for area FFA chapters.