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A Message from THE DIRECTOR, Dr. Rami ReddY, School of Agriculture

Greetings! Welcome to the School of Agriculture!

As the director to the School of Agriculture (SOA), I invite you to explore and learn more about our programs.

I can say with confidence that now is a great time to join SOA and pursue a career in agriculture and natural resources. With the world population projected to hit 9 billion by the year 2050, there will be a greater need to feed the world. By joining us, you can become a part of the solution. Growth in the agricultural industries over the past decade has created an enormous demand for agricultural professionals.

Our school has deep roots in the agricultural industries, and we have 100 plus years of excellence in teaching agricultural sciences. In the SOA, we currently have 850 students pursuing seven different majors in high-demand areas.

Students are our number one priority in the SOA. Our student-centered, engaging curriculum emphasizes individual as well as group learning that helps to develop the professional, technical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed at work.

We strive to create “self-discovery” moments and opportunities to each and every SOA student, and we work hard to foster a learning environment in which all students can develop to their full potential. It is our primary goal to encourage every SOA student to evolve from a local to a global manager/leader.

The faculty and staff at the School of Agriculture and Pioneer farm are our pride and joy. These are professionals dedicated to undergraduate teaching, learning and research. Here in the SOA, you will find great academic advisors, mentors and teachers who help throughout students’ college careers. Personal care and attention is given to each and every student.

SOA programs offer outstanding leadership and experiential learning opportunities such as service learning, undergraduate student research, faculty-led international study experiences, and internships within agricultural industry and government. We have 25 student organizations and judging/competition teams that will help enrich students’ college experience. We recognize that participation in extra-curricular activities encourages learning beyond the classroom and helps student to develop and hone leadership skills, build lasting relationships, and compete for professional career positions.

A strong internship program, alumni network and industry connections are keys to our successful graduate placement. We feel very proud when we hear about our alumni who are doing great things and serving the agribusiness industry well.

Our program is very strong, and we are always looking for ways to improve it.  For example, we are continuously working to build external relationships with individual, government, private, corporate and industry partners, and we are strengthening our existing relationships with other educational institutions/peers.

We are embarking on newer relationships with international agricultural universities across the globe and shaking hands with new partners. We strive hard to be renowned as ‘world class’ in undergraduate agricultural education and are always paying close attention to enrich student experiences.

Almost 100 years have passed since the foundation of the School of Agriculture, but a lot of work lies ahead. Our priorities are to build resources and generate external funds to support our programs’ immediate and long term needs.

Our commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, research and service to the agriculture industry at the regional, state, national and international levels makes us a leader in undergraduate education. Empowered faculties, staff and students have together built up the reputation for SOA.

Now is a great time to join us. I personally extend an invitation for you to visit the SOA with friends & family, to meet with me or one of our faculty/staff, and to learn more about our programs. You can reach me at my personal email: SOAdirector@uwplatt.edu or for general enquiries please contact us at soa@uwplatt.edu (608.342.1393).

Sincerely,

Dr. Rami A. Reddy
Director, School of Agriculture
Professor, Agribusiness
PT-319, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Wisconsin, USA - 53818

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