B.S. Degree in Sustainable Agriculture

The B.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture emphasizes

  • building healthy soil through crop rotations, organic soil amendments and erosion management
  • protecting water quality by reducing synthetic chemical use
  • managing pest and weed problems with integrated, ecologically sound approaches
  • increasing farm profits and income stability through diverse, community-based enterprises
  • using knowledge of scientific principles to propose and test farming practices that better mimic natural ecosystems.

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UMaine offers New England’s only bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture. It is the oldest sustainable agriculture program in the country, and it has been highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

With this degree, students can find employment as a

  • community food-based nonprofit organization employee
  • manager of an organic or sustainable farm
  • self-employed market or dairy farmer
  • research technician
  • sales and marketing professional for a food retailer, wholesaler, cooperative or direct marketing initiative (e.g., supermarket chain, producer cooperatives)

For more information contact Charlene Gray (207.581.2948, charlene.gray@maine.edu)

Sustainable Agriculture curriculum

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Faculty associated with this program are:

Stephanie Burnett, Associate Professor
Susan Erich, Professor and School Director
Eric Gallandt, Professor
Charlene Gray, Lecturer
Jay Hao, Assistant Professor
Mark Hutton, Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist
Ellen Mallory, Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist
Renae Moran, Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist
Tsutomu Ohno, Professor
Bryan Peterson, Assistant Professor
Greg Porter, Professor
Marianne Sarrantonio, Associate Professor
Dave Yarborough, Professor and Extension Specialist