The University of Central Missouri has been committed to providing dynamic opportunities since its founding in 1871. UCM’s Agriculture program boasts a greenhouse, nursery complex and two farms, both of which are utilized for experiential, hands-on teaching and research in the areas of agriculture education, agriculture business management, agronomy, horticulture and animal science. Students learn first-hand what it takes to maintain a fully functional and comprehensive farm and graduate prepared for a career in the $88-billion industry that helps our economy flourish. Our graduates are at the forefront of shaping the future of agriculture!
Discover all UCM Agriculture has to offer by scheduling a tour of a UCM Farms tour today!
UCM Farms partners with several programs to provide a wide range of courses that elevate the student learning experience at an affordable cost. In fact, UCM’s costs are lower than the Missouri and national averages. You can choose to earn a Bachelor of Science in five areas including:
UCM has more than 780 acres of land dedicated to UCM Farms, each specialized to provide valuable experiences to develop your foundational skills in agriculture. Once you choose your program, we’ll connect you to the farm that best supports your development. Our farms include:
UCM acquired the 260-acre Prussing Farm in 2002 through a generous donation by the Prussing Family. Located on the outskirts of Warrensburg on East Division Road, Prussing is home to UCM’s Trap and Skeet team and many of the university’s livestock, including our live mule mascots (Tammy and Molly), Aberdeen-Angus purebred cattle, our registered Simmental cattle and hogs. Here you can learn the fundamentals of raising livestock and crops. Animal labs hosted at this farm include:
The 120-acre Mitchell Street Farm features two high tunnels to extend the growing season, an educational garden and a vineyard. You’ll have the opportunity to cultivate a variety of fruits and vegetables, ornamental plants and table grapes, and interact with a herd of Boer goats and bees! You can also enjoy our nationally registered butterfly and rain gardens. UCM partners with Maple Grove Elementary School, allowing our students to teach children firsthand about agriculture.
At UCM’s Skyhaven Airport, students learn to bale hay around the terminal and runways and harvest corn and beans for agronomic research.
Our two climate-controlled greenhouses are used to raise varieties of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants year-round. They also allow our Horticulture program to host labs, classes and an annual plant sale.
Agricultural Mechanics Building
The Agricultural Mechanics Building (Ag Mech) provides students with surveying classes and the space to learn welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and two- and four-stroke engine repairs.
Through UCM’s Agriculture programs, you’ll receive immediate access to industry equipment and technology, including:
University Farm Director
Administration Building 104G
Tel: (660) 543-4233
Tel: (660) 543-4920
Dr. Michelle Santiago
235C Grinstead Building
Tel: (660) 543-4361
Fax: (660) 543-8031