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Agricultural Technology: Agricultural Mechanization
The Department of Agriculture's program in agricultural technology includes specializations in animal science, as well as agronomy, horticulture or agriculture mechanization. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with a background in all phases of agriculture, and specialized courses allow students to expand their knowledge in their degree of interest.
Agriculture students at UCM can expect more than just four years of class work. The department believes students should obtain the hands-on experience that employers expect and that high-tech agriculture careers demand. Students learn by doing through such opportunities as welding, repairing tractors, assisting in agronomic field test plot research and plotting cattle futures.
Each specialization prepares students for a wide variety of job opportunities in the day-to-day operation of Missouri's agriculture industry, the second largest sector of the state's economy. The Office of Career Services assists students and graduates in obtaining employment in their fields. In addition, the department plays a role in the placement of its graduates by maintaining contact with representatives of agri-business industries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture agencies and other agriculture-oriented businesses.
Faculty and Facilities
Dedicated faculty and well-equipped facilities, including a modern computer laboratory, offer students a quality learning experience. All department faculty members have earned doctorates in their field of specialization and, with a university student-faculty ratio of about 17 to 1, are able to provide personalized attention and instruction. Small classes allow for informal class sessions and increased access to the department's computers and laboratory facilities. In addition to typical classrooms, a greenhouse facility, and a joint program with Lincoln Electric, which offers state-of-the-art welding facilities in the Agriculture Mechanics Building, provide support for all phases of the instructional program. The 260-acre Prussing Farm, under development as a teaching unit, includes a new Agriculture and Conservation Classroom Building and a Trap and Skeet Range. It is also the home of Central Missouri's national champion Simmental herd. The show string provides interested students with the opportunity to compete in national shows.
Central Missouri's agriculture students participate in a number of departmentally sponsored organizations. The Agriculture Club is a social organization that sponsors an annual 4-H and FFA Steer and Heifer Show. Horticulture Club members visit horticulture-related businesses and sites and participate in regular plant sales that benefit members by raising funds for scholarships. UCM's Collegiate Farm Bureau provides an opportunity to interact with local farmers and to participate in agriculture activities at the same level. The Delta Tau Alpha national agriculture honor society strives to promote leadership and academic excellence for its members and the department through a multitude of activities such as traveling to the group's national convention. Students participating in the Agriculture Ambassadors program volunteer to represent the department at functions on campus and at area high schools. The Agriculture Student Advisory Board, elected by the student body, meets regularly with the faculty and provides important student input into the departmental decisionmaking process.
In addition to more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships and awards presented annually to UCM students by the university, the Department of Agriculture offers over $20,000 in awards specifically for agriculture majors. These include the Ag Partner's, E.F Low, Earle and Clara Low, Edward and Trudy Denham, Farm Bureau, Lawrence E. and Eva L. Flanders, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Clarence Pearce Agriculture Education, William Forrest Sterling, and Theiss Family Scholarships.
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