CSU’s Master of Agriculture Helps Meet Challenges in Colorado’s Agricultural Landscape

Today’s students are challenged to meet the growing and dynamic changes of the economic needs of the agricultural landscape – increasing food production, conserving environmental resources and improving food safety, among other challenges.

Colorado State University’s Western Center for Integrated Resource Management has long been committed to helping Colorado’s agricultural communities. The WCIRM, part of CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, provides a holistic approach to agricultural training through the Master of Agriculture program. The program has graduated over 120 students since its beginning in 2002.

The WCIRM is proud to announce the growing presence of its graduates in Colorado’s agricultural communities. Current graduates are placed in diverse and impactful roles across Colorado.

Examples of the WCIRM’s outreach throughout the state are listed below:

• Geoffrey Hess (Class of 2010)– Current Operations manager for Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont
• Meaghan Huffman (Class of 2012) – Agricultural Resource Specialist, Boulder County Parks and Open Space
• Chase Dryden (Class of 2013) – Range and Water Seasonal specialist, Boulder County Parks and Open Space
• Andrew Arell (Class of 2013) – Private Land Steward, Gunnison
• Dana Hayward (Class of 2013) – Agricultural Outreach Intern, Boulder County Parks and Open Space
• Michael Daskam (Class of 2011) – District Conservationist, USDA
• Stacey Zuel (Class of 2009) – Natural Resource Management, Boulder County
• Chad Leeper (Class of 2004) – Diamond S Ranch, Eagle
• John Kossler (Class of 2003) – Natural Resource Manager Blue Valley Ranch, Kremmling
• Nick Trainor (Class of 2004) Weld County NRCS – Range Technician
• Andy Welch (Class of 2004) Ranch Manager – Walsh

The WCIRM also is proud to be a strong contributor to Colorado’s environmental treasures. The Center’s continued goal is to provide the highest-level training for the agricultural landscape of the future, both in Colorado and around the world.

For more information about CSU’s Masters of Agriculture program, contact Director Kraig Peel at kraig.peel@colostate.edu or Graduate Coordinator Elizabeth Furuiye at Elizabeth.Furuiye@colostate.edu or 970-491-6928.

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