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MSU College of Agriculture named one of nation's best colleges for ag majors

November 16, 2015 -- MSU News Service

MSU Professor Luther Talbert, right, and students work at the MSU College of Agriculture's Arthur H. Post Research Farm near Bozeman. The MSU College of Agriculture was recently ranked by Campus Explorer as one of the nation’s top four agricultural colleges for students wanting to study agriculture. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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An online service that helps more than 30 million students a year with college planning recently ranked the Montana State University College of Agriculture as one of the top four colleges of agriculture in the country for students wanting to pursue a career in agriculture.

According to Campus Explorer, MSU’s College of Agriculture was ranked for its diverse six departments, working farms, specialized research centers and the popularity of agriculture on campus. Additionally, the ranking listed the college’s ability to provide more than 100 scholarships in all disciplines of agriculture, available to every student in the college to apply through a single form.

MSU Vice President of Agriculture Charles Boyer said the college’s diverse faculty, farms and research centers are an asset to students as they prepare for agriculture careers.

“Our college is continually ranked nationally and it is no surprise,” Boyer said. “This success begins with our incredible faculty who provide hands-on learning and research experiences at our farms with students as partners, who make the overall experience of learning real and fun. We celebrate and live the unique mission of the Land-grant with a statewide presence and support by our agricultural community – a legacy that allows MSU to stand apart.”

Additional institutions that made the list were Purdue University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Utah State University.

The College of Agriculture includes six academic departments and seven off-campus research stations through the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. It is the second-fastest growing college at MSU.

Contact: Jenny Lavey, Jennifer.lavey@montana.edu