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  •  Don't diss land grant schools (2+ / 0-)
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    Jill Richardson, JayinPortland

    I'm looking to be an organic agriculture major in college (and then very possibly an organic farmer) and a lot of the schools I'm looking at (granted, I've barely started looking) are land grant schools.  University of Washington, University of Vermont, Penn State - they've all got organic ag programs.

    •  land grant schools are getting into (2+ / 0-)
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      rossl, JayinPortland

      organics it seems. And you'll get both good and bad from the same school very often. I'm friends w/ someone who is doing a masters in Agroecology at UW, for example.

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      by Jill Richardson on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 09:39:16 PM PDT

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    •  When I first started in ag, organics was a dirty (1+ / 0-)
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      word at Cornell (early 80's). After organics were codified and became big business, interest accelerated (someone had to sponsor research, the normal university underwriters weren't going to do it, that's for sure). It's still the bastard child for sure, but it's standing on its own two feet now.

      Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. -- Henry David Thoreau

      by the fan man on Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 05:10:53 AM PDT

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      •  Did you go to Cornell for ag? (0+ / 0-)

        I was thinking about going there.

        •  No, I worked with many people in Cornell (1+ / 0-)
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          on small farm economics. It is still one the best, if not the best schools for ag. The attitude towards organic ag has done at least a 90 if not a 180. NYS is a large commodity producing state; apples, dairy, some minor crops like cabbage and onions. It is also a state with a multitude of diversified small and mid sized farms increasingly geared to direct market and value added products.

          If you want to go for practical farm knowledge, go to Cobleskill. If you're interested in research or economics, go to Cornell.

          Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. -- Henry David Thoreau

          by the fan man on Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 10:30:51 AM PDT

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