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Top Agricultural Colleges

by M.H. Davis, studioD
Top agriculture colleges prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, including agribusiness, landscape architecture and food production.

Top agriculture colleges prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, including agribusiness, landscape architecture and food production.

An agriculture degree prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including agriculture business, production and policy. The top ag schools in the country have become leaders in preparing students for the challenges of modern agriculture, offering in-depth training on the latest ag technology and sustainable production methods. These top schools, from the 2013 QS World University Rankings, offer flexibility as well; undergraduates at these schools are able to pursue traditional agriculture degrees as well as more contemporary programs like landscape architecture and urban horticulture.

University of California, Davis

In 2013, the University of California's agriculture school was named the best in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings. Undergraduate students can major in agriculture sciences, which provide training and classroom learning on a variety of subjects related to food production. In addition, students can specialize in agriculture personnel management, plant genomics or a variety of other areas. UC Davis is also home to world-class research institutions, including the Agriculture Sustainability Institute and the Center for Produce Safety, where students can further their learning.

Cornell University

Cornell University's agriculture program -- which was named the third-best in the world by QS in 2013 -- offers a unique program for students. In addition to traditional majors like agriculture science and food science, students can also pursue degrees in subjects like landscape architecture and crop and soil sciences. The university's College of Argriculture and Life Sciences has 20 different departments, and there are more than 20 different majors students can choose.

University of Wisconsin -- Madison

In 2013, the University of Wisconsin's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was named the fourth best in the world by QS, and the college offers a variety of degree tracks for students. The university's CALS has seven areas of study, including Food & Nutrition, Agriculture and Plant & Animal Health; across these seven areas, students can choose between 24 different majors. In the area of agriculture, the school is a leader in dairy science and agronomy.

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M -- which was named the fifth-best agriculture university in the world in 2013 -- offers a degree track in every area of agriculture. The university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is home to 14 departments that offer more than 30 majors. Texas A&M is a leader in preparing students for business and policy careers, offering agribusiness and ag economics degree tracks. The university also offers in-depth science degrees in many different areas, including animal science, poultry science and entomology.

About the Author

M.H. Davis is a writer based in San Francisco. He has worked for newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado and covered environmental issues for NewWest.net. Davis also writes a weekly blog for Edutopia.org.

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