Agriculture & Natural Resources Program
The field crops (and machinery maintenance) enterprise is responsible for producing corn, hay, and forages for livestock as well as grains and pulses for human consumption. The team maintains pastures with regular mowing, planting, and coordinating livestock grazing with the beef team. Some of these fields have been put under no-till management in order to improve and maintain soil quality and reduce the amount of external inputs as Farm pursues its commitment to responsible land stewardship. The team also participates regularly in various NRCS soil conservation programs. It recently completed the transition of nearly 100 acre of cropland to organic management. Student on this team must become proficient in operating and maintaining the farm’s tractors and other planting and harvesting equipment safely and efficiently. The team established a biodiesel production system in 2011 and now satisfies a significant fraction of the Farm’s fuel needs with biodiesel made from used vegetable oil collected from the College’s dining hall.