Corban University in Salem, OR started their inaugural agriculture science degree program this fall, and they did so with a full class.  School officials said 16 students from across the Pacific Northwest, and one coming from as far away as Cambodia, are now enrolled.  Combining a hands-on educational approach with curriculum covering both traditional ag learning and advanced technology, University officials say Corban is planting a seed in tomorrow’s growers toward smarter sustainability, wiser water use, and expert soil and crop management.


Photo: Corban University
Photo: Corban University


“As we see students becoming more globally, and environmentally-savvy, we developed our ag science program to delve into more of the environmental, agricultural, and biological sciences and focus on sustainability versus strictly commercial or industrial production,” said Dr. Susie Nelson, Director of Corban’s Agriculture Science Program. “Our goal is to educate students holistically, so they’ll make a true impact locally and globally.  We’re equipping them to branch out and innovate toward meeting the world’s increasing need for food in an ethical, honorable, sustainable, and beneficial way.”


You may remember, Corban is unique, as it is the only Christian ag science program in the Pacific Northwest, and Nelson says one major imperative is cultivating students who care deeply about preserving the environment and feeding our communities.


“We value our partnership with Corban and are excited to offer students industry knowledge and connections within agriculture,” said Mark Hurst, owner Hurst Family Berries LLC.


Corban will offer a variety of educational opportunities in the first year of the program, including:  

  • Animal Science visits and local farm learning 
  • Firsthand experience from longtime local growers 
  • Future Farmer of America Partnerships 
  • FFA Alumni Chapter, which serves Oregon’s local FFA chapters and offers participation in statewide service projects 
  • Various internships.  


Click Here to learn more about the agriculture science degree at Corban.


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