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About The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst integrates research and outreach education in agriculture, food systems and the environment. The Center is the contemporary standard bearer of the university’s land-grant origins. It provides linkages from the University with vibrant business, policy and public interest sectors in the state, including agriculture, the horticultural 'green industries,' environmental decisionmakers and food system interests. UMass Extension, the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station and the Water Resources Research Center are all units of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. The Center is based in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst and also works with the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Engineering.

History

The UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment was founded in 2001. Many of its component units are far older, notably the Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station (founded 1882) and UMass Extension (founded 1914).

Vision and Mission

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment engaged in a process of reorganization began in 2012 and 2013. As part of that process, drafts of vision and mission statements were developed. Current drafts, still a work-in-progress, are shown in this section.

Our Interest Areas

These interest areas represent the categories of topics that stakeholders with an interest in our work and others who visit our web site or read our literature expect information. They differ from one another to a great degree. Some, such as "Agriculture," represent major portions of our research and outreach work. Others, such as "Home Lawn and Garden" do not represent our work but instead represents a collection of useful information that the public expects us to provide.

Advisory Groups

The UMass Extension Board of Public Overseers was created in 1997 to give stakeholders in UMass Extension areas a formal advisory role. The Board, a majority of whose members are appointed by the Governor, advises the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Extension staff on goals, budget, and program.

In 2010, the Center for Agriculture invited 18 representatives from relevant agencies, industries and university units to meet twice a year to advise the Center's programs of research and extension.

Locations

Addresses for the Center State Office at UMass Amherst, other on-campus offices, the thirteen Extension field offices, and the various Research and Learning facilities. 

Civil Rights Information

The Center strives to offer equal access to educational programs and equal opportunity in employment for people without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status.

Contact Information

Contact information for UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment faculty and staff.

Employment Opportunities

Available job openings within the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment and its component units..