University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture


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Careers in Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum
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Please note: Sustainable Agriculture is not an official degree program.  However, we will work with each student toward building a plan of study that allows them to fully explore this area.

Sustainable Agriculture integrates:

  • environmental stewardship
  • economic profitability
  • social responsibility

Ecosystem-level understanding and analytical skills help land managers to cooperate rather than compete with nature. Managing a farming system ecologically can lessen adverse impacts on natural resources, wildlife, and human communities.

Food production begins with a living soil and there remains much to learn about protecting this resource from water and wind erosion, pollution, and degradation. Diversifying production, reducing off-farm inputs, and creating new markets invigorates the family farm and strengthens the agricultural economy. It is vital for today's agricultural professionals to understand the emerging consumer demand for healthy food that supports environmental stewardship and local communities.

The Sustainable Agriculture Department  transplants plants at South  Farm

  • Agricultural extension: With the broad perspective of this program, you could provide insightful guidance to farmers and other clients seeking to improve agricultural sustainability and develop local food systems.
  • Sustainable food production: With the practical skills and training acquired in this program, you could contribute to a successful agricultural enterprise or manage one of your own.
  • Education and research: With an advanced degree in a field related to sustainable agriculture, you could be at the forefront of understanding how to produce foods that are healthy for people and the environment.

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