Here at Montana State University the
Rocky Mountains are our playground. The Gallatin National Forrest is basically at
our back door, Yellowstone National Park is about an hour and a half drive away. Students get to enjoy multiple
outdoor opportunities here in Bozeman and then of course many horse
shows in multiple disciplines are very close by. Our students get trained in agricultural financing, they get
trained in agricultural management. They get trained in agricultural marketing
and thinking about futures and options and some of the more advanced things that
folks in the agricultural industry need now. So, it’s a great major for students
and we try to give them a lot of opportunities to to learn about the
world and to learn how Montana agriculture fits in that world. I think that as far
as the College of Ag and how it has really prepared me to step out into my career. It’s really
exposed me to how the agricultural industry differs across the nation. It has showed me facets of the
industry that are so intricate and so detailed that I didn’t know existed and it
really opens your eyes to the diversity of things that this industry is composed
of but also kind of a reverberates and reestablishes how close knit the
agricultural community across the world is when you get down to it. Through the professors, the other students, and the supporters of the College of Agriculture.
I really have been able to stay on my career path and really get a good
education here at college. There are tons of student organizations within
the College of Agriculture and, at least in my freshman and sophomore years
I probably went to a couple meetings of nearly every single one of them. Of
course there were the one or two that were really the better fit for me that I
remained involved in over the last few years and so those are the ones that I really, you create a community with, you create
friends, and create those ties and the networking. The eclectic group of instructors adds value to
the program and prepares our students for the diverse career options that they have. One of the great things we have here is
we’ve just moved into a brand new facility, funded primarily by the College of Agriculture,
which is a state of the art facility for both doing teaching and research.
And we work with other departments throughout the campus to support and advance these technologies. Agriculture is really more than cows and plows
these days and at the College of Agriculture we really expanded on that. Recently there’s been advancements
in both the equine science program and the LRES programs which deal a lot
with the water quality and range land restoration and that type of
thing. Our students enjoy such courses as equine reproduction, equine nutrition, but also enjoy courses in
management, economics, and foundation courses in all of the science
disciplines. They really appreciate learning how other countries to do agriculture and
how they manage the different kinds of risks and
rewards that come with agriculture so that’s been a great
experience for students too. Montana is a huge state as far as land mass is concerned but
the agricultural community is small and we’re tight-knit and once you can create
those networking foundations you’re pretty much set for life in the industry
in this state. One of the best things about the College of Agriculture is the
huge group of supporters and alumni that really contribute to the college.
Whether that be from scholarships to just being around campus and interacting with
us students, just being able to talk to them and really get to know the people who’ve
been here before us really adds a certain level of history and knowledge and
really can inspire a student to pursue your dreams and goals. Our graduates are pretty
highly sought after because they have really strong technical skills and a lot of them come from a farm
background so that mesh of real practice on the ground experience
in agriculture plus the training that we get them in high skills and
understanding, and finance, and ag-management really pays off well for them in the long
run. As a college graduate with a degree whether I a get a job or whether
I go back to the ranch immediately. I need to be prepared to step out in
this agricultural community. I have to be prepared to take those leaps and stand
up for this industry, stand up for what we work, for the goals we work
towards and stand up for the fact that we feed the world.