Agriculture

Interested in a two-year agriculture degree? At Dordt, we believe that God calls us to care for his creation wiesely, so you'll learn about the connectness of plants, animals, business, economic infrastructure, and the natural environment.

Our view of agriculture rests firmly on our understanding that “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1). We’ll challenge you to think about issues such as stewardship, agricultural policy, environmental health, rural community vitality, and animal welfare from a Christian point of view.

The diversity of agricultural opportunities near campus makes Dordt an ideal setting for both on-campus and off-campus study in agriculture. Our agriculture students come from every region of the United States and from many Canadian provinces. This diversity helps faculty members maintain a working understanding of agricultural systems throughout North America.

Program Options

As an agriculture major, you'll take courses that lay a foundation upon which to build your career. Hands-on learning opportunities include:

  • Students in agriculture conduct group research projects on a diverse array of topics. Their findings are shared with fellow students in courses and at field days, workshops, and conferences.
  • Faculty and students continually evaluate crop and livestock production and management.
  • Research projects include field trials of aphid resistance, low linolenic oil traits of soybeans and rootworm resistance traits in corn. Field trials include twin-row corn production, row spacing, date of planting studies of soybeans, and certified organic production. Other studies have focused on animal feeding trials with ethanol industry byproducts. Students have also investigated water quality, insect populations, and biofuel crops.

Resources

  • The Agriculture Stewardship Center (ASC), located two miles north of Dordt
  • The North Farm consists of 200 acres where students raise livestock and grow row crops, small grains, and produce
  • Agricultural buildings are available for class sessions, student research, livestock production, and animal care

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Gary De Vries

Gary De Vries
Agriculture Department Instructor
Department Chair

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(712) 722-6271
Gary.DeVries@dordt.edu

Dr. Jeremy Hummel

Dr. Jeremy Hummel
Professor of Agriculture

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(712) 722-6276
Jeremy.Hummel@dordt.edu

Dr. Dick Joerger

Dr. Dick Joerger
Professor of Agriculture

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(712) 722-6423
Dick.Joerger@dordt.edu

Dr. John Olthoff

Dr. John Olthoff
Professor of Agriculture

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(712) 722-6270
John.Olthoff@dordt.edu

Kyle Dahl

Kyle Dahl
Associate Professor of Agriculture

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(712) 722-6378
Kyle.Dahl@dordt.edu

Dr. Spring Dahl

Dr. Spring Dahl
Associate Professor of Agriculture

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(712) 722-6275
Spring.Dahl@dordt.edu