View Full Version : What are the best Ag schools in the country?

02-14-2003, 01:16 PM
If a kid was getting ready to apply to colleges and wanted to find the best ag/green/landscape schools in the country, what schools should he check out?

02-14-2003, 01:39 PM
Purdue, Ohio State

02-14-2003, 02:12 PM
best for Agriculture and Horticulture... Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana... best fraternity on Purdue's campus.... Alpha Gamma Rho.... :D

02-14-2003, 02:17 PM
Check out your local Junior College

02-14-2003, 02:26 PM
I've heard MSU is very good.

My local JC? The best ag school in the country? hmmm...

02-14-2003, 02:52 PM
UK College of AG
They have one of the best Horticulture in our area.

But I have a little biases Old UK Grad Here

02-14-2003, 04:06 PM
I can think of a few off hand...

1) Cornell

2) Penn State


02-14-2003, 04:28 PM


Tom Musselman
02-14-2003, 06:01 PM
N. C. State

02-14-2003, 06:41 PM
UConn began as an Ag school.....

Scape Sculptor
02-15-2003, 02:02 AM
Penn State


Ohio State

02-15-2003, 09:01 AM
Stockbridge School of Agriculture/ UMASS

AGG Lawn Maintenance
02-15-2003, 09:15 AM
Rutgers, Cornell, Delaware Valley.

SdM Landscaping
02-15-2003, 09:27 AM
Cornell! its right in my back yard....great ag school

02-15-2003, 11:16 AM
Its probably just me, but it seems that all the schools share information and resources. Each seems to stand out in one area. I think if I was a kid, I'd try to figure what area of the country I wanted to work in and pick a land grant university with a program I was interested in. Or I'd choose a campus with the most girls.

02-15-2003, 03:51 PM
Clemson University

02-15-2003, 08:17 PM
Turf or Land Architecture= KSU

02-15-2003, 08:35 PM
Michigan State University Go Spartans

02-15-2003, 08:44 PM
florida,purdue,penn state, and ohio state

Go gators:blob3:

02-15-2003, 09:08 PM
Russ - I like your thinking. :)

Thanks for the info everyone. This will be a great help.


02-15-2003, 09:48 PM
Russ, I would have to disagree with you about the school for trees. The school of food and natural resources at UMASS has a LONG history with the arboriculture industry. YEARS ago when it was MAC Francis A. Bartlett graduated from there. The owner of Save-A-Tree graduated from there several years back. SEVERAL former presidents of the ISA and NAA have also graduated from there.

02-16-2003, 08:08 AM

2.NC State

I perfer UGA Go Dawgs!!

02-17-2003, 02:42 PM
University of Nebraska -Lincoln.
(east campus)

Great Ag school, Great Hort dept. great turf dept.,and then get a part time job with the campus landscape services at the same time.

But I'm a little biased
:blob4: :blob4:
Go Huskers!!:D

02-17-2003, 10:40 PM
Kansas State University and Missouri Both have good programs as does Purdue. If your in the midwest

02-17-2003, 11:29 PM
The best Ag. school in the country has to be North Dakota State University. At least you can be in class and see farm land from your classroom window. Try that at Purdue.

02-19-2003, 07:16 PM
Jeff ... I know you asked for your country but I thought I would throw in ...Guelph University, Ontario Canada.

mdb landscaping
02-19-2003, 08:45 PM
I go to UConn and it has a great program for turf. we have a huge teaching farm with hundreds of acres. you can also work for landscape if you want. i attended a show in atlanta last week for uconn at the golf superintendents show, and to name a few schools that had booths were:

Penn State (great ag program)
Ohio State
Florida University
Texas Tech

02-19-2003, 09:45 PM
University of Tennessee at Martin

Join Alpha Gamma Rho if you want to be a farm boy and it looks good on your ag resume, and Pi Kappa Alpha if you want to be a MAN and party till you drop!!!

02-20-2003, 01:15 AM
Kris, always cool to get a north of the border perspective.

Thanks for the continued info.

02-20-2003, 02:23 AM
UC Davis, they don't call them the Aggies for nothing.

02-20-2003, 02:36 PM
University of Rhode Island has a good program as well. It is a small program with very knowledgeable and dedicated professors. We also went to the Golf Course Superintendents conference in Atlanta last week and finished 10th out of about 70 teams in the turf bowl.

02-20-2003, 03:46 PM
The best school for any one person would be the land grant universities in his own state and the adjoining states. You will get a well rounded knowledge of biology and a good insight on particular cultural practices for your specific region. Teachers at land grant universities are usually the experts for their states in turf, horticultural, and agricultural fields.

Also have the benefit of the USDA working through the land grant schools in maintaining continuing education through the CSREES program. Here is a link to all CSREES participants - click on state you desire and you get the school(s) in the state.


02-23-2003, 11:22 PM
Find who is the most successful at what you want to do...
and you will have found your answer...

02-24-2003, 09:09 PM
ksss - Purdue is surrounded by farmland and has several school farms. We were also founded on agriculture:D

UTM-PIKE - AGR isn't just a bunch of farm boys that can't party and I have plenty of proof. We party HARD, but are also named the best house on campus (RB STEWART AWARD:D )... the PIKE house however is right next door to us, and they happen to be DRY:p. SO put that in your pipe and smoke it.

You guys should get the 411 sometime.

02-24-2003, 11:15 PM
Besides who wants to have something highly recognized and respected on their resume. I know I sure wouldn't:rolleyes: .

02-25-2003, 02:27 AM
SInce I am only 5 miles for campus, That would have to be a big PURDUE!:angel:

02-25-2003, 01:05 PM
Summit Grounds keeping,

I was surprised it took so long for someone to respond to the Purdue crack. I've never been there. It could be in the middle of a hay field for all I know. I am sure Purdue is a fine school its just that I can't think of a crop that Indiana leads the nation in production of, or is even in the top 3. If I have missed something let me know. So yes Purdue is better known through out the country. However, maybe NDSU just puts out a better product. :D

02-25-2003, 05:50 PM
It sounds like summit got a little irritated. That sucks that the Pike House at Purdue is dry, thats the first one Ive heard of. The AGR House is dry here as well, they wont even let girls in the back part of their house. So when you say "put that in your pipe and smoke it" the Jars here on campus really are..... to each other!!! Sounds like you just got initiated. Hope you enjoy the fraternity life.

02-25-2003, 11:51 PM
nope... not just initiated... probably been a brother of my house longer than you have of yours. I just thought what you said needed to be discredited. And we sound to be very different from the AGR brothers you know.

03-02-2003, 06:10 PM
Mississippi State University
Texas A&M
Penn State
Michigan State University

03-03-2003, 07:25 AM
Originally posted by paxdog
Mississippi State University
Texas A&M
Penn State
Michigan State University

I was wondering when someone would put Mississippi State on the list. Most all testing and research around here comes from Mississippi State and UT.

Tennessee has 3 distinctly different geographic areas. Same state and it is completely different. UT seems to do most of its work based on middle TN and east TN. The state of MS is closer to my conditions, so much of the research they do is geared toward my usefulness.

Its all about geographic area. You need a school that is in your geographic area.

03-04-2003, 01:25 AM
N.C. State all the way!

03-04-2003, 01:37 AM
From US News World Report
Engineering Specialties: Agricultural
(Ranked in 2001*)

1. Texas A&M University–College Station
2. Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN)
University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
4. University of California–Davis
5. Cornell University (NY)