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About our Faculty and Facilities:

The faculty of the Agriculture Department are dedicated to preparing you for your future. Each faculty member brings years of academic training and real-world experience to the classroom to help our students succeed. The Agriculture faculty have extensive contacts in both academia and industry that connect Agriculture students with employers for internships and careers. The Agriculture faculty are dedicated to seeing each Agriculture student find success in the career path they desire. To accomplish this, each Agriculture student will select an area of emphasis in either agribusiness management, animal science, agronomy, or horticulture. In addition, we also offer a degree in Agriculture Education for those students who want to share their love of agriculture with future generations. Agriculture students then work with each faculty member for that emphasis area and an academic advisor to develop a four-year plan for graduation.     

Our outstanding facilities include two university farms designed for both interactive labs and student projects in agribusiness management, farm animal livestock production and row crop production, a greenhouse/nursery and high tunnel complex for horticulture production, a computer lab for agriculture students and a agriculture mechanics technology building. Hands-on experiential learning is essential in agricultural study, and as a student in our department, you will have ample opportunity to gain that experience.   

We invite you to explore your educational possibilities as you begin your career in agriculture at the University of Central Missouri!



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Dr. Michelle Santiago

Department Chair and Professor
Agriculture - Agribusiness
Grinstead (G) Building 235C
(660) 543-4361

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Dr. Mark Goodwin

Associate Professor
Agriculture - Horticulture
Grinstead (G) Building 214
(660) 543-8113

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Mr. Mike Keilholz

Agriculture - Agriculture Education
Agricultural Mechanics Technology (AMT) Building 102
(660) 543-4519

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Dr. Kyle Lovercamp

Agriculture - Animal Science
Grinstead (G) Building 212
(660) 543-8094

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Dr. Sushil Thapa

Assistant Professor
Agriculture - Agronomy
Grinstead (G) Building 219
(660) 543-8596

Miss Joe Tidwell

Office Professional
Grinstead (G) Building 235A;
(660) 543-4121

Department Chair

Dr. Michelle Santiago
Department of Agriculture
Grinstead (G) Building 235C
Tel: (660) 543-4361
Fax: (660) 543-4355

Office Professional

Joe Tidwell
Department of Agriculture
Grinstead (G) Building 235A
Tel: (660) 543-4121
Fax: (660) 543-4355


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