Montana State University

MSU farm ranked one of best college farms in nation

October 20, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Students and researchers harvest test crops at the Montana State University Arthur H. Post Farm in Bozeman, Mont. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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One of Montana State University’s research and teaching farms was recently ranked among the 40 best college farms in the nation by College Ranker, an independent online college decision source.

The Arthur H. Post Teaching and Research Farm at MSU was ranked number 28 out of 40 of the best college farms nationwide. The rankings are based on hands-on experience, student involvement, community outreach programs, workshops, classes, lectures, volunteer opportunities and degree plan options.

David Gettel, farm operations manager of the Arthur H. Post Farm, said the farm was honored to be recognized for its many efforts.

“We have an incredibly active farm in terms of research, activities and community engagement,” Gettel said. “The people that are involved in plant breeding, pest management and crop rotation studies are absolutely the best in the nation. It’s not surprising that we are nationally ranked. This farm and the people that are conducting research here are a priceless asset to Montana State University and the state of Montana.”

The Arthur H. Post Farm is one of 12 active teaching and research farms affiliated with MSU, the MSU College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. The farm encompasses more than 254 acres of wheat and barley variety trials, cropping systems, pest management studies, and trials for Foundation seeds, or seeds developed by the experiment station for potential commercial production. 

Additional institutions that made the list were Penn State University, Dartmouth College, Yale University and Cornell University. 

Contact: Jenny Lavey, Jennifer.lavey@montana.edu or (406) 994-7866