School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences

Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship

Vermont Tech evolves our agriculture program and announces vision for future “Center for Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship” set to open fall of 2023 at Vermont State University.

Building on our 120-year history of educating farmers and food system workers, Vermont Tech is evolving it’s agriculture program yet again, to more closely align with Vermont’s agricultural future and ever-evolving local and regional food system. Like all of our majors, we are keeping on top of changes in the agriculture and food system needs in Vermont with this new Center.

The redesigned program was developed working with 40+ stakeholders from across Vermont engaged in transformation of agriculture & food system education in Vermont. Work is underway now to implement the changes needed to launch the new program. In addition, Vermont Tech is merging with Castleton University and Northern Vermont University to create a new single Vermont State University. The new University will provide a wide array of technical and liberal arts programs offering more choices and access for students.

When this new program is launched in the new Vermont State University, and fully approved by accreditors, students in the new ag and food systems program can expect expanded educational degrees offered in a variety of modalities (on-campus, virtual, and hybrid) as well as a robust internship program. The centerpiece of the program will be an Associate Degree in Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship, with concentrations in either:

  • Agriculture & Livestock Production
  • Food Entrepreneurship

 

Students may choose to go on to complete a bachelor’s degree in either Diversified Agriculture, or another degree offered at Vermont State University. The Dairy Farm Management Degree with a pathway to the University of Vermont will remain in place.

This program will give students real world experience in production, marketing, and sales of a wide range of products. We are in process of updating the farm facilities and launching new enterprises, including custom dairy heifer grazing, deep bedded hogs, vegetables, grass-fed beef, alongside the existing apple orchard and maple sugaring operations.

Also planned is a meat processing training lab and program, which will support credit, non-credit, and apprenticeship opportunities, serving as a workforce training program for meat processing facilities and supermarkets.

Currently, we offer continuing education working lands trainings through our Continuing Education & Workforce Development department. Supporting farms and forests from whelping to welding, farming to food, supply chain and systems, including manufacturing. Flexible learning is available.

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Curriculum information will be available once program is fully approved. Stay tuned for more information!