Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

Explore the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems 

“I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture …” With the global population projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, those words of George Washington (1794) have never been more relevant or agriculture more important than it is today.

At the College’s Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems, we are dedicated to offering programs designed for students interested in any of the broad range of exciting and challenging careers that are critical for providing current and future generations with adequate amounts of nutritious food through efficient, sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Through our Animal Science, Equine Studies, Nutrition, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) majors, our extensive course offerings, our farm and research facilities, and an outstanding and dedicated teaching and research faculty, our graduates are well prepared for careers in the dairy, equine, fish aquaculture, food crop and ornamental plant industries, as nutritional scientists or registered dietitians, or to pursue veterinary or M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

  • Accomplished researcher and educator brings strong background in sustainable farming systems
    Find out what David Mortensen thinks about his new role at COLSA, what lead him to his career as a researcher and educator, and why finding sustainable ways to feed the world is more important than ever.
    Accomplished researcher and educator brings strong background in sustainable farming systems
    Find out what David Mortensen thinks about his new role at COLSA, what lead him to his career as a researcher and educator, and why finding sustainable ways to feed the world is more important than ever.
  • Advisor: Dr. Andre F. BritoResearch Topic: Applied Nutrition in Dairy Cows Yu(Patrick) Zang, a graduate student of Dr. Brito, is from a northeastern coastal city Qingdao, China. He accepted the undergraduate education from the University of Kentucky and got the master degree from the West Virginia...
    Advisor: Dr. Andre F. BritoResearch Topic: Applied Nutrition in Dairy Cows Yu(Patrick) Zang, a graduate student of Dr. Brito, is from a northeastern coastal city Qingdao, China. He accepted the undergraduate education from the University of Kentucky and got the master degree from the West Virginia...
  • Advisor: Dr. Thomas M Davis Research Topic: Genomic and phylogenetic analysis of strawberry species Investigation of the genome composition and phylogeny of species with the Fragaria (strawberry) genus. Genome-wide phylogenetic analyses were performed based on data collected from next generation...
    Advisor: Dr. Thomas M Davis Research Topic: Genomic and phylogenetic analysis of strawberry species Investigation of the genome composition and phylogeny of species with the Fragaria (strawberry) genus. Genome-wide phylogenetic analyses were performed based on data collected from next generation...
  • Advisor: Dr. Rebecca SidemanResearch Topic: Extending the production seasons of strawberry and spinach in the Northeastern U.S. The primary objective of our season extension research with strawberry is to determine the most effective low-tunnel materials for enhancing yield, season duration, and...
    Advisor: Dr. Rebecca SidemanResearch Topic: Extending the production seasons of strawberry and spinach in the Northeastern U.S. The primary objective of our season extension research with strawberry is to determine the most effective low-tunnel materials for enhancing yield, season duration, and...
  • Advisor: Dr. J. Brent LoyResearch Topic: Vegetative melon grafting for season extension I grew up on a NH farm and have a deep connection to the earth and wholesome food. I obtained my A.S. in Culinary Arts from Strafford University in VA, and after working in the preparation side of food for 20...
    Advisor: Dr. J. Brent LoyResearch Topic: Vegetative melon grafting for season extension I grew up on a NH farm and have a deep connection to the earth and wholesome food. I obtained my A.S. in Culinary Arts from Strafford University in VA, and after working in the preparation side of food for 20...

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