Agriculture

Think farming is old-school? Think again.

Whether you want to bring the family farm into the next generation or be a player in the global markets, studying agriculture at SUNY Morrisville is a smart choice.

Agriculture is at the heart of what SUNY Morrisville does best. It is our past, present and future, so we have spent a lot of thought and practice to learn what works best and help students build the world they want for themselves.

Whether you are interested in fruits and vegetables, milk and meat, tractors and tools, flowers and plants, or business and trade, we have the right agriculture program for you.

With choices in agricultural business, agricultural engineering technology, agricultural mechanics, agricultural science, animal science - dairy, dairy management, horticulture, horticulture business management, diesel technology and landscape design & management, you will find the right “field” to explore your own field of interest.

Technology is transforming every aspect of our lives and agriculture is no exception. Don’t just learn, but practice how to sustainably make a living through the land with climate-smart approaches. You can build your own livelihood while you improve those in your community.


Agriculture students work together with crops

Now Offering an Agricultural Human Resources Management Minor!

This minor provides students with an understanding of the many aspects of human behavior in the workplace of production agriculture. A wide range of topics including labor laws, human resource management, hiring, developing, training and retaining employees, workplace psychology, policy development, and leadership are covered within this minor. Specific emphasis is placed on H2A (agricultural work visas), seasonal, and migrant employees. Housing, OSHA, labor, and Workers Compensation Audits will also be covered. This minor requires 15 credits, with at least 9 credits hours in the upper-division.

View the Minor in our College Catalog


 

Cultivate a successful career. Know not just where your food comes from, but how to plant and nurture it before harvesting and distributing it to a thankful community. Season after season, our faculty and staff work diligently with you to see that process through for all to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Be a vital part of the fabric of everyday life. Learn how you can empower people through nutrition and be entrepreneurial in connecting communities and the world through food and trade.

Come plant and harvest your future at Morrisville. You will be more than ready. You will be experienced, allowing you to contribute to one of the three largest sectors of the American economy and have a greater opportunity to impact the world and everyday lives through implementing fresh ideas.

Trevor Fallon

Trevor Fallon

Student, Agricultural Business Development B.B.A.
I chose SUNY Morrisville for the hands-on, intensive agricultural courses. Learning under amazing professors and employees at SUNY Morrisville has created a great opportunity for my future! Through working at the dairy and intensive lab work, I have gained extremely valuable knowledge and built great relationships with faculty and staff. While working toward my bachelor's degree in agricultural business development, I intend to seek one of the many internship opportunities this summer.

Facilities

The best textbook is the real world.

SUNY Morrisville proudly maintains approximately 1,000 acres of farmland, managed plantations, farm ponds and farm wood lots for instruction in conservation, botany, wildlife, and landscape development and maintenance.

We boast specialized facilities for dairy, agronomy, agribusiness, agricultural engineering and horticulture that all feature industry-standard equipment, ensuring that you’ll learn by doing and gain true-to-life experiences during your time on campus.

A National Leader in Cannabis Studies

Ready. Set. Grow!

SUNY Morrisville is excited to be at the forefront of educating students on the cannabis industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors of the horticulture/agriculture industry in New York State and nationwide.

After launching a special project learning opportunity during the Spring 2019 semester that explored the growing methods of cannabis, SUNY Morrisville has begun offering a Cannabis Industry minor.

One of the first of its kind in New York State, the Cannabis Industry minor provides students a vast understanding of the cannabis industry by combining portions of our agricultural science, horticulture and business programs. It also allows students the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest, including:

  • cannabis botany
  • production and processing techniques
  • marketing capabilities and evaluations

As SUNY Morrisville also continues to pioneer the revitalization of industrial hemp in New York State, similar teaching concepts will be implemented into the 15-credit Cannabis Industry minor curriculum. Hemp plants, which are very similar to the marijuana plant but lack the levels of THC that cause psychoactive effects, will be used to study cultivation techniques.

Learning will take place year-round, thanks to the indoor growing capabilities at our Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) greenhouse featuring various hydroponics systems, as well as at our certified organic Four Seasons Farm.

Our Horticulture Center also features a wide variety of amenities, including tissue culture labs and grow rooms. And best of all, hands-on instruction is taught by our expert faculty members.

While being open to all students, the Cannabis Industry minor aligns perfectly with students pursuing bachelor's degrees in horticulture, agriculture and natural science.

Clubs, Activities and Competitions

In addition to a unique education and outstanding facilities, SUNY Morrisville also provides a variety of related clubs, activities and competitions to further cultivate your experience.

The Agricultural Engineering Club promotes student involvement throughout the year, including the antique tractor and machinery show during Mustang Weekend and an annual spring field trip.

Collegiate FFA, established to broaden the interest and knowledge of students in the field of agriculture, provides its members with a learning environment outside of the classroom. Annual events include the National Ag Day celebration, a weekend trip during the fall semester and support of the National Post-Secondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS).

Through our Dairy Club, you will extend your knowledge of the dairy industry by participating in activities like the annual Autumn Review Sale, dairy judging and field trips. Club members participate in learning, leadership and social activities while interacting with other students, faculty and industry representatives from across the Northeast.

The SUNY Morrisville Horticulture Institute provides members with a spectrum of activities, including field trips, volunteer work on community and campus projects, and fundraising efforts. You will be involved with the marketing and sales of services and products such as plants and flower holiday arrangements, while having the opportunity to visit local landscape businesses, nurseries and garden centers, as well as botanic gardens, arboreta and flower shows in Philadelphia, Boston and New York City.

Our Livestock Club allows you to explore a range of species through husbandry with the college’s animals on campus and also travel to nearby farms. The club sells a range of products to Morrisville’s Copper Turret Restaurant and directly to consumers to sustainably support its activities.

Morrisville Fresh, supported by our Agribusiness Center, is our student-operated organization that provides members with the opportunity to design, plan, market and distribute several value-added food products through the college’s small-scale food incubator, Nelson Farms.

Additional activities:

  • Dairy Judging Team
  • National Ag Day
  • Spring Showmanship Contest
  • Northeast and National Dairy Challenges

Programs

Ag business student
Grow a rewarding career. One of every five jobs in the American economy is found in an agricultural or food-related career. Our Associate in Applied Science degree program in agricultural business gives you the technical and business skills you need to choose from a wide range of job options in our nation’s largest industry, or to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
Ag business students pose with a food product they created.
Growing markets. In this exciting time of growth in global opportunity, small and large agricultural businesses in the U.S. have one thing in common: They are all competing for growing local, regional and international markets.
Student driving a tractor
Technically unmatched in any field. The farm equipment industry serves commercial farming equipment from tractors to backhoes and bulldozers. It also supports industries that supply everything from riding lawn mowers and garden tractors to chainsaws and related gardening equipment.
Student working on an engine part
Mechanize your options. If you are mechanically inclined, SUNY Morrisville offers three paths to a career in agricultural mechanics that allow you to choose from several great minor options.
Agricultural Science Professor Jen Gilbert Jenkins holds a handful of soil as she teaches about soil sampling
Grow your future. Through the agricultural science associate degree program at SUNY Morrisville, you will gain fundamental training in agriculture to help prepare you for a career in the agricultural service sector and for technical on-farm work.
Student with a cow
If a family farm or a career in the dairy industry is in your future, you can make the most of two years of study in our animal science – dairy Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program.
Dairy students with cows
Considering a degree in dairy? The dairy industry is among New York State’s largest employers, with a great need for qualified managers and management of dairy farms and related businesses. Our dairy management prepares you to manage a dairy operation from herdsman to owner – and every position in between.
Students working on a tractor
Fuel your passion. SUNY Morrisville offers two programs in diesel technology that combine hands-on learning with industry-standard technology. Our Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in diesel equipment technology trains you to start your career as a technician and move into management, while also preparing you to continue your studies in a bachelor’s degree program if you are looking to further your management skills.
Harvesting onions
Cultivate your future. If you love growing and working with plants, whether in a greenhouse, a flower shop or on a farm, hands-on training in horticulture may just be what’s next for you.
Student helping at plant sale
Put that green thumb to work. As a student in our Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) degree program in horticulture business management, you’ll start with a hands-on education in horticulture and grow into an entrepreneur-based approach to owning or operating a horticulture-related business.
Students designing a landscape on the computer
Landscape Design & Management A.S. is no longer accepting new applicants. Still interested in this program? Check out our Horticulture A.A.S. program!   Color your world.
A student works on the cannabis research plot
Learn, grow and advance your career. As a student in the specialty crops & cannabis production certificate program, you will receive applied training in areas of specialty crops as well as the emerging cannabis industry. The curriculum design will provide the skillset you need for immediate job placement, while also providing seamless academic pathways into relevant associate and bachelor’s degree programs at SUNY Morrisville.