College of Agricultural Sciences
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The College of Agricultural Sciences is where science and technology, business and farm management, education and production, public policy and public health, conservation and resource management converge. This is truly a college that knows no bounds with classrooms that include University Farms, a unique, 2,000 acre, on-campus working farm and forest system, serves as a major agricultural research and education laboratory.  Showcasing the best in traditional agricultural education and new research, University Farms offers:

  • Over 600 acres of row crop research and production
  • Over 120 acres hay production for livestock
  • Approximately 300 acres of pasture for Animal Centers
  • Approximately 1,000 acres of forest and watershed areas used for research and teaching

The college also utilizes the vast resources of the Shawnee National Forest, and access to specialized farming including Southern Illinois' wine and fruit country.


The central purpose of the College is to focus on the critical issues in agriculture, food, and forestry in the region, in the State of Illinois, and especially those issues that are applicable worldwide.  The College is made up of four departments: Agribusiness Economics, Animal Science, Food and Nutrition, Forestry, and Plant, Soil & Agricultural Systems.  The College provides academic instruction to nearly 900 undergraduate and graduate students. 


Your contribution is an investment in our students’ success.  We are thankful for your generosity.  Please see our funding priorities below.  If there is a fund you would like to support that is not listed please type it into the other box.  



Agricultural Sciences Dean's Development Fund: Enhance and further the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

University Farms General Fund:  Provide general operation expenses related to the University Farms.

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Greenhouse Facilities Fund:  Improve the core learning facilities for the Plant & Soil Science Program.

Agriculture Sciences Events and Activities Fund:  Support student and recruitment events/activities for the College of Agricultural Sciences.

FFA Officer Scholarship Fund:  Provide scholarship support for state officers within the FFA organization to attend SIU College of Agricultural Sciences. 

Agbassador Program: Support the Agbassador Program.

Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship Fund:  Celebrating it's 50th year!  Supports scholarship and professional development of College of Agricultural Sciences students.

Agribusiness Economics Fund:  Enhance and further the mission of the Agribusiness Economics program.

Animal Science Fund:  Enhance and further the mission of the Animal Science program.

Forestry Department Development Fund:  Enhance and further the mission of the Forestry program.

Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Sytems Fund:  Enhance and further the mission of the Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems program.

Agricultural Sciences Student Emergency Fund:  Used to support students who need emergency funding, supporting student retention in the College.  

Agricultural Sciences Scholarship Fund:  Provide scholarships to College of Agricultural Sciences students.

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