Sustainable Crop Production, Food Systems and Agroecology 

Protecting the planet and people while providing profit

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Education

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Faculty Interest and Expertise

  • Lang, Gregory
  • Professor
  • Tree fruit horticulture, physiology, and genetic evaluation, including high efficiency training systems and orchard climatic modification systems
  • 517-353-0388
  • Runkle, Erik
  • Professor
  • Lighting applications for greenhouses and controlled environments; light-emitting diodes; greenhouse energy conservation; crop production in controlled environments
  • (517) 353-0350

Facilities

Center for Advanced Microscopy

578 Wilson Road East Lansing, MI, 48824

The Center for Advanced Microscopy, a Michigan State University Core Facility, is the central microscopy laboratory for the Michigan State University Campus.

Clarksville Research Center

9302 Portland Road Clarksville, Michigan 48815

The Clarksville Research Center hosts research on small fruits and tree fruits, as well as potatoes, chestnuts and a variety of other crops.

Horticulture Teaching and Research Center

3291 College Road Holt, Michigan 48842

chasew@msu.edu

The 180 acre HTRC is located just south of campus in Holt, Michigan. The center meets the needs of field labs for outdoor classrooms as well as basic research.

Horticulture Teaching Greenhouses

1066 Bogue St East Lansing, MI 48824

These glass greenhouses are used primarily for teaching horticulture production classes.

MSU Growth Chamber Facility

1066 Bogue Street East Lansing, MI 48824

klugj@msu.edu

This facility maintains 199 growth chambers providing stringent temperature, light and humidity control.

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center

6686 S. Center Highway Traverse City, MI 49684

This 100-acre center sits in the five-county northwestern region that produces almost half of the U.S. supply of tart cherries and is responsible for 83 percent of sweet cherry production in Michigan.

Plant Science Greenhouses

1059 Farm Ln East Lansing, MI 48824

Located near the corner of Farm Ln and Wilson Rd, the Plant Science Greenhouses are utilized by Horticulture faculty, as well as other departments for plant science research.

Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center

1791 Hillandale Road Benton Harbor, MI 49022

The Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center is located in Berrien County, and growing several types of fruit and conducting variety evaluations of numerous fruits and vegetables are just part of the work done at the 350-acre site.

Student Organic Farm

3291 College Rd. Holt, MI 48842

msufarm@msu.edu

The SOF is a 10-acre certified organic teaching and research farm that is also a working production farm.

Internships and Careers

Our students find internship and career opportunities in:

  • Production
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Research

In addition, our graduates often open their own business enterprises such as fruit or vegetable production, landscape design/build and maintenance companies, nurseries, greenhouses and garden centers.

Job and Internship Links:

MSU Horticulture's Jobs and Internships Site

Sustainable Farming Internships

Sustainable Food Jobs

Careers In Horticulture, The American Society for Horticultural Science

The Land Lovers

Other Educational Opportunities and Resources

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Specialization

Ecological Food and Farming Systems Specialization

Center for Regional Food Systems 

Student Organic Farm

Sustainable Ag and Food Systems

Opportunities for independent study, research projects, and lab experiences:

Most faculty offer undergraduate research experience opportunities.  Information about ongoing projects can be found on individual faculty web pages above.  The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) also provides funding opportunities for undergraduate research.  

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