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The 2-year Associate of Science degree offers a program of study for those who wish to practice agriculture but are not quite ready to make a commitment to the B.S. degree.  Students acquire a basic knowledge of both plant and soil sciences along with training in specific agricultural techniques. The major offers some flexibility in designing a personal program of study, allowing students to focus on specific crop production, small business management, or produce marketing.

Why choose a career in agriculture?

If you enjoy working outdoors, like the idea of growing your own food, or producing it for others, or just want to be involved with growing plants, then explore a career in agricultural crop production.  Opportunities in crop production are growing as U.S. consumers learn about the value of local, organic, and sustainable food production. 

The employment outlook for our graduates is very positive, with 100% employment and careers that are as varied as the business opportunities available.  Some students entering the field today go back to their  family farms, which make up 86% of the 1.9 million farms in the country.  Many pursue specific interest in sustainable or organic agriculture. Other opportunities exist with food processing companies, agricultural associations or commodity cooperatives.  Some students plan on homesteading while pursuing employment in other fields. 

Opportunities for Students throughout New England

Students who are residents of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont  are eligible for reduced tuition through the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP). Get an overview of how the program works, or visit the NERSP website for more details.

Learn More

Please explore the links on the side of the page for more information about the options in Sustainable Food and Farming and be sure to contact Dr. Wesley Autio, Program Coordinator, at autio@umass.edu to arrange a visit.

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