Students from relevant backgrounds and interests are encouraged to consider the Agroecology concentration because it will provide students an understanding of current global issues related to agriculture and production systems and valuable skills for a future profession in agricultural science.
About the Concentration
The goal of the Agroecology concentration at UF is to train students in agriculture through the application of ecological concepts and principles to design, develop and manage sustainable agricultural systems. The Agroecology concentration will provide an opportunity to gain knowledge across different disciplines including: agronomy, soils, pest management, crop production, extension, natural resources, sustainable cropping systems and environmental science.
The focus of the program emphasizes three principles of sustainable agriculture:
This program is designed to provide individuals an integrated perspective and skill set that will apply to a wide range of careers including: crop consultants, state and federal agriculture and environmental agency staff members, non-governmental agencies, positions with agricultural firms, county agents, soil & water conservationists and others. There is a documented high demand in the job market for those with broad knowledge and skills in production agriculture and its relationship to environmental and societal issues.
The program is offered via distance education and on-campus.
The distance education track of the Agroecology concentration will be helpful to a number of potential students including
The program will give students the flexibility to study from anywhere in the world to earn a graduate degree from the University of Florida.
One of the features of the program is to emphasize on reading assignments on special topics related to current environmental issues. The common reading program is conducted with Agroecology students from University of Florida, Florida International University and Florida A & M University. The main objective of this program is to:
The agroecology concentration of courses for a Master of Science degree in either soil and water science or agronomy at the University of Florida recently received a USDA National Needs Fellowship (NNF) grant.
The aim of the NNF program is to recruit and train six thesis-seeking masters students in agroecology through a joint collaboration between UF and Florida A&M University.
The linkage of UF and FAMU will provide unique research experiences in agroecology as well as connections with a diverse student pool.
Students in the program are trained in agriculture through the application of ecological concepts and principles in order to learn the design, development and management of sustainable agricultural systems.
Six masters National Needs Fellows will join the concentration with three placed at each university.
Two of these Fellows will conduct their research at the International Potato Center in Ecuador.
This opportunity will ensure the international exposure of fellows and the networking of all fellows in the program with an international partner institution.
UF and FAMU have recruited four National Needs Fellows in 2013. Two positions are further available and the recruitment will be done for Fall 2014.
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