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2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sustainable Agriculture


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The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture is an interdisciplinary program offered cooperatively by the faculties of the Departments of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences; Biological Sciences; and Resource Economics and Policy. The program is designed for students interested in working in the growing field of ecologically based agriculture in areas of information dissemination, research or production within the public and private sectors; as policy analysts; or as farmers with sound training in natural resource management and economics. The BS degree in Sustainable Agriculture can also be used as preparation for postgraduate study in a variety of disciplines.

The Sustainable Agriculture program stresses how to build soil tilth and fertility through rotations, multiple cropping and nutrient recycling; how to protect water quality and human health by decreasing the need to use synthetic agrochemical; how to manage crop pests and livestock diseases with integrated, ecologically sound strategies; how to create a strong, diversified agriculture that is stable through market and weather fluctuations; how to increase farm profits by decreasing the costs of crop and livestock production. Our web site is: www.umaine.edu/pse.

Black Bear Food Guild:
The Guild, a community-supported agricultural endeavor, was initiated and developed by students in response to need for more hands-on learning. Students manage approximately 3 acres of organic vegetables, herbs and cover crops. The majority of the operating capital is from the sale of membership shares to community members as well as from participation in local farmers markets.

Recommended curriculum for the BS in Sustainable Agriculture


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Fourth Year - Second Semester


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