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General Agriculture

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  As a land-grant institution, Delaware State University has been at the forefront of agricultural education, research, and science for more than 100 years. We combine a tradition of excellence in education with a spirit of innovation and cutting-edge research. There is no better place to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture. Our Agriculture degree program is built around direct, practical experience. Agriculture majors have opportunities to work on Delaware State’s demonstration farms, in the extension programs, and on research initiatives, gaining professional knowledge and problem-solving skills that translate directly to the workplace. Our students work with the most current technologies and techniques in a full range of agricultural specialties, including water and soil management crop production animal and poultry science business, marketing, and sales environmental conservation Delaware State’s combination of superior academics and hands-on learning provides outstanding preparation for the job market, the research lab, or graduate school. Professional Preparation With a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Delaware State University, graduates can pursue employment in almost any agricultural specialty. Because the program emphasizes experiential learning, students build up their resumes and develop professional contacts. Agriculture program graduates go into careers such as farm management marketing, sales, and distribution research and product development environmental consulting animal breeding and management consulting About 15 percent of our Agriculture majors continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience All students in the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students plan and evaluate real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts food yield technological inputs labor requirements In addition, some Agriculture majors may get involved in Delaware State’s extension programs, which provide various forms of support to the wider agricultural community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs enable Agriculture students to collaborate with industry professionals on pilot programs, research projects, policy studies, and other initiatives. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored agricultural research programs.    

Wildlife Management — Fisheries

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  Delaware State University is a regional leader in Fisheries Wildlife Management education. Located near two of the continent’s richest marine biology environments (the Atlantic Coast and Chesapeake Bay), we offer a superior Fisheries Management degree that combines advanced classroom and lab instruction with extensive field work and practical experience.   Delaware State’s Fisheries Management program stands out for its emphasis on real-world learning environments. We have a 13-acre wetland on campus and are the only institution in Delaware to offer coursework in aquaculture. In addition, our students gain valuable experience in wildlife and fisheries management via the university’s extension programs and research initiatives, developing practical knowledge and skills in water conservation pollution control environmental law habit and species protection wetlands biology wildlife and fisheries biology Professional Preparation Delaware State’s Fisheries Wildlife Management degree provides graduates with outstanding career preparation. Our program’s emphasis on practical experience and field work enables students to build up their resumes and establish professional contacts. They enter the work force well equipped to compete for employment in such fields as wildlife management fisheries management environmental policy analysis environmental consulting game wardens wildlife biologist fisheries biologist About 15 percent of our Fisheries Management students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Delaware State’s agricultural extension programs provide various forms of support to the environmental community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs enable Fisheries Wildlife Management majors to collaborate with industry professionals on pilot programs, research projects, policy studies, and other initiatives. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research programs. At present, Delaware State researchers have active projects in such niches as wetlands habitat protection, fisheries management, water conservation, and environmental protection. All students in the Fisheries Management program perform a senior capstone project. In this project, students perform a real-world ecosystem analysis, which accounts for factors such as environmental impacts habitat evaluation technological inputs sustainability          

Equine Business Management

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  Delaware State University’s Equine Business Management degree provides outstanding preparation for a broad range of careers. Equine Business Management majors get an advanced education in the science of Agricultural production as well as the business principles behind it, coupled with courses that apply specifically to the equine industry. The program is built around direct, practical experience. Majors have access to Delaware State’s on-campus farms and animal operations, gaining real-world knowledge that translates directly to the workplace. They have an opportunity to put business management fundamentals into practice, including equine farm management accounting and finance macroeconomics marketing sales personnel management As a land-grant institution, Delaware State has been at the forefront of agricultural education, research, and science for more than 100 years. There is no better place to get an equine business management degree. Professional Preparation Graduates of Delaware State’s equine business management degree program will have the tools to be successful in the job market. Because the program emphasizes experiential learning, students build up their resumes and develop professional contacts. Equine Business Management graduates go into careers such as equine farm management equine marketing, sales, and distribution equine research and product development equine production equine training facility management About 15 percent of our graduates continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Delaware State’s research and extension programs provide various forms of support to the wider agricultural community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs provide equine business management majors with valuable opportunities to collaborate with industry professionals and research projects. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research programs. All students in the equine business management program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students perform a real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts technological inputs labor requirements    

Wildlife Management

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  Delaware State’s Wildlife Management degree program stands out for its emphasis on real-world learning environments. Our Wildlife Management students gain practical, hands-on experience via the College of Agriculture’s research initiatives, and conservation efforts. The result: a superior Wildlife Management education that combines advanced classroom instruction with applied field experiences. Wildlife Management majors at Delaware State develop professional skills and expertise in   wildlife biology genetics and zoology habit and species protection water and soil conservation global economic factors that impact wildlife As a land-grant institution, Delaware State has been a leader in natural-resource education and research for more than a century. Several generations of wildlife management professionals have passed through our program and currently work for state and federal agencies. Professional Preparation Delaware State’s Wildlife Management degree provides graduates with outstanding career preparation. Our program’s emphasis on practical experience and field work enables students to build up their resumes and establish professional contacts. They enter the work force well equipped to compete for employment in such fields as wildlife management environmental policy analysis environmental consulting game warden conservationist About 15 percent of our Wildlife Management students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Delaware State’s agricultural extension programs provide various forms of support to the environmental community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs enable Wildlife Management majors to collaborate with industry professionals on pilot programs, research projects, policy studies, and other initiatives. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research programs. All students in the Wildlife Management program perform a senior capstone project. In this project, students perform a real-world ecosystem analysis, which accounts for factors such as environmental impacts resource conservation technological inputs habitat sustainability    

Pre-Veterinary Science

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  Delaware State University’s Pre-Veterinary Science degree provides outstanding preparation for careers in veterinary medicine, animal health, and related fields. The Pre-Veterinary Science program covers the fundamentals of animal health, nutrition, genetics, and biology. In addition, Pre-Veterinary students work directly with animals via Delaware State’s demonstration farms, extension programs, and research initiatives, getting hands-on experience with the most current technologies and methods in the discipline.   As a land-grant institution, Delaware State has been at the forefront of agricultural education, research, and science for more than 100 years. There is no better place to get a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science. Professional Preparation Students in the Pre-Veterinary Sciences program have the opportunity to develop professional skills and contacts by working with real-world problems through the College of Agriculture’s research and extension programs. With adequate grades, experience and performance, they will be prepared for entrance into veterinary school. Other career opportunities include graduate school veterinary technician animal health sales and service animal care specialist About 15 percent of our Pre-Veterinary students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. These experiences can give a student an advantage when applying to veterinary school.  Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Delaware State’s extension programs serve the wider agricultural community, providing assistance with research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs offer Pre-Veterinary Science majors with a range of opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience. In addition, undergraduates enjoy many opportunities to collaborate with faculty in agricultural research. Current research projects related to pre-veterinary science involve such subjects as parasite growth, meat production, and reproductive management in sheep and goats. All students in the Pre-Veterinary Science program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students perform a real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as Sustainability environmental impacts technological inputs whole farm planning    

Cooperative Extension - 4-H & Youth Development

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Up, up and away!  DSU Extension's 4-H and Youth Development participants enjoy various activities designed to expand their world view and help them soar to new heights! Here, Juneteenth program participants view DSU's aviation program fleet.  

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DSU Extension's 4-H and Youth Development Program reaches and teaches youth living in both rural and urban areas who are underserved by traditional youth programs. Activities are designed and implemented to teach Delaware youth how to become more involved in their communities by helping them develop the social and developmental skills they need for success in life.   Publications Bullying Self-Esteem
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Cooperative Extension
4-H & Youth Development 

(302) 857-6434


Staff Profile

Program Leader
 
4-H & Youth Development agent
 
Youth Program Educator 

 

Cooperative Extension - Family & Consumer Science

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DSU Cooperative Extension's EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) helps Delawareans link nutrition and exercise for healthier living. Here, Kent County residents move to the Zumba beat during an EFNEP session led by DSU's Natasha Lamadieu, nutrition educator, and Stefanie Engram, nutrition education assistant.

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DSU Extension's Family and Consumer Science Program covers a broad array of issues affecting everyday life. We offer programs on nutrition, food safety and health. We have the FF-NEWS (Families First – Nutrition Education and Wellness System) program, which provides nutrition food safety and fitness education to primarily third grade students in low-income schools. We also have a workshop series called Small Steps to Health and Wealth, which provides research-based information and activities to improve physical and financial well-being. Our research-based educational programs address parenting, childcare, family economic stability and stress management. Programs in this area will strengthen the capacity of families to nurture, support and guide their members throughout their lives. Publications Child Eating Habits Fall Food Safety Petting Zoos Summer Food Safety
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Family & Consumer Science


(302) 857-6439

Staff Profile


Dr. Carol Giesecke
Program Leader

Donna Brown
Family Life Agent

Snap Ed Nutrition Educator
 
Snap Ed Nutrition Educator
 
Nutrition Educator

Denise Pinkett-Wynn
Nutrition Educator

 

 

 

Cooperative Extension - Agriculture & Natural Resources

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Dr. Rose Ogutu, horticulture specialist for DSU Cooperative Extension, received a USDA Capacity Building Grant to promote horticulture outreach education in Delaware. For more on this story, click here:

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The goal of DSU Extension’s Agriculture & Natural Resources Program is to help improve the economic viability of small farm enterprises across Delaware. Our program specializes in assisting small farm families through one-on-one farm visits, workshops, research, and demonstrations. We are the Delaware resource for alternative markets such as, aquaculture, ethnic vegetables, high tunnels, meat goats, pole lima beans, Profiting from a Few Acres and small flock poultry. The program staff can also assist with farm and financial management issues, accessing USDA program services, direct marketing, sustainable agriculture practices and on-farm research.  Outreach programs in this mission area include: Aquaculture Farm Profitability Home Horticulture Natural Resources Small Flocks Small Ruminants 2013 Profiting From a Few Acres  Conference Presentations Alternate crops for High Tunnels Cape May Salt Oysters Community Supported Agriculture- Adding Seafood To The Recipe  Do's and Don'ts of the Meat Goat Business High Tunnels Construction and Styles High Tunnel Workshop Pastured Poultry Facts & FictionsRedbud Farm, LLC Shellfish Aquaculture in Delaware's Inland Bay's 2013/2014 situation & outlook So You Think You Want To Grow Shellfish Publications Baitfish Brooding Poultry Calabaza Callaloo Cleaning and Disinfection Consider a Vegetable Garden Cover Crops Currants Dewormer Resistance on Farms in the Mid-Atlantic area Drip Irrigation Drying Flowers & Other Plant Materials Footbaths for Pastured Poultry Farms Fresh Cut Flowers Heirloom Vegetables Herbs High Tunnel Tomatoes Holiday Plants The Lasher Laboratory Laying Plastic in a High Tunnel Least Wanted Insects Locks and Signs for Pastured Poultry Mummichogs as a Model Species Organic Production Paulownia Trees for the Small Farm Plant Materials for Drying and Crafts Pole Lima Bean Seeds Pole Lima Beans Poultry Breeds Pumpkin Seeds: Do they control worms? Reading Seed Labels Scotch Bonnet Hot Peppers Toxoplasmosis in Sheep, Goats Traffic Patterns for Pastured Poultry Producers Vegetable Garden Basics Winterizing Your Coop A continuación son las publicaciones en español Riego por Goteo: Consejos para la Colocación de la Cinta de Goteo Instalando plástico en un túnel alto: Guía paso a paso
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Agriculture & Natural Resources


(302) 857-6425

 

Staff Profile


John Clendaniel
Program Leader

SARE Educator

Tom Harmon
Program Assistant

Dr. Dahlia Jackson-O'Brien
Small Ruminant Specialist

Dr. Brigid McCrea
Poultry Specialist

Dr. Dennis McIntosh
Aquaculture Specialist

Maggie Moor-Orth
Home Horticulture Agent

Dr. Lekha N. Paudel
Farm Management Specialist / Risk Management
 
Megan Pleasanton
Small Farms Educator

Jasmine Porter
Small Farms Educator

Michael Wasylkowski
Small Farm Educator

Andy Wetherill
Small Farm Educator

Dr. Susan Yost
Herbarium Educator

 

Cooperative Research

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  Research in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) at  Delaware State University encompasses the breadth of agriculture, natural resources and human ecology. The college is endowed with highly trained research faculty, of which more than 98% hold terminal degrees in their respective disciplines. CARS collaborates with both the public and private sectors, and with foundations in research partnerships that transcend the capability of any single academic institution.    COOPERATIVE RESEARCH NEWS Click links below for more information on:   Dr. Kingsley (USDA at DSU) named 2014 Food Safety Innovator Dr. Hankoua to work with U.S. DOE this summer DSU Scientists begin work on $7 million grant   Staff Research Profile Aquaculture and Water Quality Ecological connectivity forest ecology, and environmental stressors Food Microbiology & Food Safety Molecular Biotechnology Biofuels and Bio-Processing Molecular Genetics And Genomics   CARS Faculty and their Research CARS faculty engage in an array of research from molecular investigations in genomics to organismal research in plant and animal sciences; from restoration of devastated habitats in the National Estuarine Research Reserve to mapping of Phragmites species in coastal Delaware; and from oyster restoration and water quality studies to tracking and ecobiology of marine and freshwater finfish in Delaware Bay.   The college is also well known for its agricultural mammal research, especially small ruminants, and it houses the only aquaculture research and demonstration facility in the State of Delaware. The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, which is also housed in the College, is a revered resource for taxonomic classification of plant species, collection of rare and endangered species, and preservation and long term storage of plant species. It is one of the best herbaria in the United States and the largest at an HBCU.    CARS Facilities CARS is endowed with resources and capabilities that promote a conducive environment for research. Research resources in the college include:   192-acre DSU Outreach and Research Center 75-acre Hickory Hill Farm The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium – Ranked 87th out of 535 (Index Herbarium) in the country with plant specimens dating back to 1799 and books dating back to 1737. It is also the only public herbarium on the Delmarva Peninsula. Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Center Microbial Safety of Aquaculture Products Center of Excellence Microbial Seafood Safety Laboratory – the only USDA-ARS lab of its kind in the country Scanning Electron Microscope  Research Greenhouse Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) Research projects in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences can be categorized into five major broad areas:   Agricultural Research Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Natural Resources Research Food, Nutrition and Dietetic Research Textile and Fashion Merchandising Research   ARCHIVE

Cooperative Extension

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National System, Local Connection

  • Extension is in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and each of the U.S. Territories, as a function of land-grant universities.  
  • Extension has a presence in nearly all of the nation's 3,150 counties. 
  • Extension is available anytime anywhere at www.extension.org
 
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  ↵Since the days of George Washington Carver, Seaman A. Knapp and Booker T. Washington, the national Extension system has been delivering research-based education to rural communities throughout America. The Cooperative Extension Program at Delaware State University continues that legacy throughout Delaware by targeting diverse audiences with special emphasis on those with limited resources to help them improve their quality of life.DSU is among the 18 institutions in the U.S. providing research-based, outreach education through the 1890 land-grant system. In Delaware, the program is administered by Dr. Albert Essel.As part of Delaware Cooperative Extension, state specialists and agents at DSU and the University of Delaware make research-based education available to all Delawareans.Extension Mission AreasDSU Cooperative Extension is comprised of three mission areas that reflect statewide and national outreach education goals:Agriculture & Natural ResourcesCenter for Small Flock Research and InnovationFamily & Consumer Science 4-H & Youth Development What is Cooperative Extension? Cooperative Extension is an essential part of the land-grant mission. Learn how and why land-grant universities came to be.   U.S. Sen. Justin Morrill, author of the 1862 and 1890 Morrill Acts that established land grant institutions.   Calendar of EventsPruning Shrubs Trees: Including Crepe MurderAugust 27, 2014 1pm- 2:00 pmParadee Center69 Transportation Circle, Dover ,DE 19901Speaker: Dott Abbott & Richard PrattContact: Megan Pleasanton, (302) 857- 6438 Caring for Wild BirdsSeptember 10, 2014 1pm- 2:00 pmParadee Center69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901Speaker: Mary Lou BassContact: Megan Pleasanton, (302) 857- 6438; mpleasanton@desu.edu Establishing and Maintaing a Healthy LawnSeptember 24, 2014 1pm- 2:00pmParadee Center69 Transportation Center, Dover, DE 19901  Like us on Facebook! Click the links below to "Like" the following program area pages:DSU AquacultureDSU CARSDSU EFNEP ProgramDE Master Gardeners, Kent CountyDSU Small Farms Program Stakeholders Below are links to agencies that help shape and implement the national Extension mission. Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities1890 Cooperative Extension SystemDelaware Department of AgricultureeXtensionNational Institute of Food and AgricultureJournal of ExtensionCooperative Extension Education in Agriculture, 4-H and Home Economics, Delaware State University, University of Delaware and United States Department of Agriculture cooperating, Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, Dean and Administrator. It is the policy of Delaware Cooperative Extension that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.   
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Cooperative Extension

(302) 857-6424

Staff Profile


Associate Dean
for Extension
 
4-H & Youth Development Agent

Donna P. Brown
Family Life Agent

Senior Secretary
 
SNAP Ed Nutrition Educator
 
SARE Educator
 
John Clendaniel
Program Leader
 
SNAP Ed Nutrition Educator
 

Dr. Carol C. Giesecke

Program Leader
 
Tom Harmon
Program Assistant
 
Natasha Lamadieu
Nutrition Educator

Ileana Mayes
Outreach Assistant

Dr. Brigid McCrea
Poultry Specialist

Dr. Dennis McIntosh
Aquaculture Specialist

Tanisha Muhammad
Nutrition Assistant

Dr. Rose Ogutu
Horticulture Specialist

Dr. Lekha N. Paudel
Farm Management Specialist / Risk Management
  
Nutrition Educator

Megan Pleasanton
Small Farms Educator
 
Youth Program Educator
 
Program Leader
 
Small Farms Educator
 
Andy Wetherill
Small Farms Educator
 
 
 

 

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