Consortium of Five Universities

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The Consortium of Five Universities was developed to enhance food security through education. Shared resources between Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, Northwest Missouri State University, Truman State University and Southeast Missouri State University extend the capacity of the five universities and regional community colleges. Objectives of the consortium include a wider range of specialized agriculture degrees, the training of tomorrow's agribusiness workforce and encouraging community interest in the industry.

  • Agriculture students enrolled at one of the partnering universities can take online courses; participate in research; or work an internship at any of the five institutions. The goal is to help students complete four-year degrees on time and in a way that enhances undergraduate degrees.
  • Community college students planning to obtain a four year degree will be able to take more courses at the community college level, including specialized introductory and upper level classes.
  • Community members can learn more about a wide range of agriculture-related topics through outreach programs developed by experts throughout the state. 

The Consortium of Five Universities was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

  • Darr Agricultural Center

    The Darr Agricultural Center at Missouri State University offers research and demonstration space, Pinegar Arena and green space on 90 acres.

  • Fruit Experiment Station

    The Mountain Grove campus houses the Fruit Experiment Station, Center for Grapevine Biotechnology and Mountain Grove Cellars.

  • Journagan Ranch

    The Journagan Ranch is a 3,330 acre working cattle ranch. The ranch provides internship opportunities and serves as a research site in the fields of biology, forestry, geology, genetics, plant science, soil quality and wildlife management.

  • Karl's Hall Greenhouse

    Karl's Hall, located on the Missouri State University campus, is the site of classrooms, a research and demonstration center, and a full greenhouse.

Summer Practicum at Missouri State June 12-14, 2004

Community college students are invited to participate in a three-day practicum course at Missouri State University. Students will learn about career and advanced degree options within the agricultural industry. The practicum includes visits to each of MSU's agricultural facilities, including the Center for Grapevine Biotechnology, the Pinegar Arena and the Darr Agricultural Center.

Course offerings

Spring 2017

CodeTitleTypeCredit Hours
AGR 100 Food Security Online 3
AGB 314 Legal Aspects of Agriculture Online 3
AGB 334 Marketing Agricultural Products Online 3
AGB 374 Agricultural Business Management Online 3
AGP 303 Suburban Horticulture Online 3
AGN 143 Introductory Forestry Online 3

Principal investigators

NameUniversityPhone NumberEmail
Dr. Michael T. Aide Southeast Missouri State University (573) 651-2106 mtaide@semo.edu
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro University of Central Missouri (660) 543-4933 kidwaro@ucmo.edu
Dr. Arley Larson Northwest Missouri State University (660) 562-1161 admiral@nwmissouri.edu
Dr. Arbindra Rimal Missouri State University (417) 836-5094 arbindrarimal@missouristate.edu
Dr. Michael Seipel Truman State University (660) 785-4316 mseipel@truman.edu