The University of Central Missouri has been committed to providing dynamic opportunities since its founding in 1871. Through strategic planning and planned gifts, the University has been able to commit over 700 acres of farm ground within 10 miles of campus to provide hands-on learning, applied research, and practical application opportunities. Students learn first-hand what it takes to maintain a fully functional and comprehensive farm and graduate prepared for careers across many industries. The farms include:
UCM Farms partners with several programs to provide a wide range of opportunities that elevate the student learning experience at an affordable cost. In fact, UCM’s costs are lower than the Missouri and national averages. Programs that utilize the farms are:
UCM has more than 700 acres of land dedicated to UCM Farms, each specialized to provide valuable experiences to prepare students for their industry. 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 Aberdeen-Angus purebred cattle, our commercial Sim-Angus cattle and hogs. Here you can learn the fundamentals of raising livestock and crops. Some labs hosted at this farm include:
The 120-acre Mitchell Street Farm features:
You’ll have the opportunity to cultivate a variety of fruits and vegetables, ornamental plants, and interact with a herd of boer goats and bees. This farm is also home to our live mule mascots, Mancow (Tammy) and Molly! UCM partners with Maple Grove Elementary School, allowing our students to teach children firsthand about small livestock and gardening practices.
*new facilities in progress
UCM today has two flesh and blood mule mascots. The senior member of this duo is Mancow, and the other mule is Molly. Both reside at the University Farm and are frequently seen at Mules home football games, the annual Get the Red Out street fair and other special events.
While the mule has endeared itself to UCM, it is also the official state animal in Missouri. Many years after the university’s founding in 1871, Missouri continued a proud tradition of breeding quality mules that were shipped from places such as Warrensburg across the country and overseas. They were used to farm the land, harvest timber, work mines, build roads, and even accompanied soldiers to war.
At UCM’s over 400 acre Skyhaven Airport, students can see how we bale hay around the terminal and runways in cooperation with the FAA. The university also owns 60 acres of land directly south of 50 highway and Skyhaven Airport that allows for increased row-crop production opportunities.
The University farms recently partnered with the Agricultural Department in applying for a grant through the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. We were successfully awarded a $2 million grant that required a $2 million match. The grant will help agriculture develop 5 new stackable certificates and build the following dual purpose facilities on the Mitchell St farm: