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The Agriculture department has 514 students and had 119 students graduate from the program in the past year.
The heart of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, the Valk Center is the site of most classroom instruction. The Commodity Trading Room offers up-to-the-minute commodities information and computer work stations.
The complex houses classrooms, a research laboratory and a preparatory room for Horticulture students. A growth chamber can simulate any type of growing environment on earth. Seven greenhouses feature state-of-the-art technology and are heated with circulating water. They are also equipped with a warning system if the temperature drops drastically.
Located on the edge of campus, the dairy provides plenty of hands-on instruction. The 80-plus herd of Jersey, Holstein and Brown Swiss is artificially inseminated. Cows are milked twice each day, often by student employees. The Embryo Transfer Laboratory is also housed at the dairy.
Commonly called the North Farm, this 448-acre facility employs a farm manager, swine herdsman and University students. The beef herd is composed of Angus and Charolais cattle. A farrow-to-finish swine operation gives students an opportunity to explore the pork industry.
The University grows corn and soybeans at the North Farm, in addition to several acres of alfalfa and grass hay. Research is also conducted for soil analysis and global positioning.