“We had a lot of requests from graduate students who wanted more programs in sustainable agriculture,” said Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Biologically-Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming coordinator and contributor to the development of the program.
“Sustainable agriculture focuses on using resources efficiently,” said Catherine Perillo, clinical assistant professor of crop and soil sciences.
The goal is to meet the agricultural goals of the present without jeopardizing the environmental needs of the future, Perillo said. The certificate program is open to all WSU graduate students from any field. Eligibility for the certificate requires students meet the prerequisites of the courses needed for the certificate.
“Students really need to start learning about the impacts of industrial agriculture,” said education graduate student Kristen Koenig. “There needs to be more emphasis on how we can make it more sustainable.”
Adapted from an article by Daily Evergreen reporter Mike Brambley.
For more information about WSU’s research and education in sustainable agriculture, visit:http://csanr.wsu.edu/