Learn by Doing in the Department of Agriculture
Unlike comparable Agriculture programs, Fort Hays State University has facilities that you have direct access to as a student to provide you practical, real-world training. Couple outstanding facilities with service-learning courses and significant internship experiences, you’re sure to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to be a valuable employee or business owner.
Precision Agriculture is a division of the University Farm and gives you the opportunity to work with soil and landscape. The University Farm operates primarily as a commercial farm, providing a realistic laboratory where you will observe actual agricultural production practices. Practical experience in production agriculture helps you to develop management skills as a student, and potentially as a part-time employee at one of the Farm’s livestock or crop divisions. Learn more about the University Farm.
The Livestock Arena puts the use of actual FHSU facilities at your fingertips. With both an indoor and outdoor arena, you can utilize the grounds at any time. Whether working with animals or as a member of the nationally recognized FHSU Rodeo Team, the easy access to top-notch facilities is unique to FHSU’s Department of Agriculture and helps bring your degree program to life.
The FHSU Agriculture program also offers experience out in "real world" before you enter the work force full time. With a solid summer internship program, you can delve into your field of study while making connections within the market. Work in an industry related to your field of study, receive college credit, gain practical skills and make valuable contacts to give you a great head start on your future career! View internships completed by students by reading issues of the agriculture department newsletters.
Through the years, students in agriculture courses, including Home Horticulture and Agronomic Crop Production, have been involved in service learning projects. Students prepare displays, distribute literature and prepare interactive activities to demonstrate water and soil conservation techniques. Some of the projects include making and distributing rain barrels, planning and planting flower arrangements in the containers on Main Street in Hays and participating in the annual Home and Garden Show at the Hays Mall.
Recently, Horticulture majors from FHSU’s Department of Agriculture worked on the Larned Community Garden. It’s a win-win situation: the community benefits from knowledgeable, eager students and the students get their hands dirty with invaluable, practical, hands-on experience (see the video below).
Recently the Soil & Water Management class developed a series of YouTube videos on conservation practices. The following videos will provide viewers with a variety of conservation topics. Watch on YouTube.