The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station in the William H. Darr College of Agriculture is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the Missouri fruit crop industry.
The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station conducts plant science research programs as well as advisory programs in commercial fruit crops and public education. The department conducts the Grape Importation and Certification Program a USDA quarantine site and the Center for Grapevine Biotechnology.
Undergraduate education includes internships, independent study, selected topics, undergraduate research and courses. Agriculture faculty are located on both the Springfield and the Mountain Grove campuses. Thesis research opportunities for graduate students also are available through the Plant Science master's degree program.
VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) Regional Center of Excellence is a National Science Foundation funded partnership of two year schools in mid-America providing online courses leading to a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree in either enology or viticulture. For detailed information about courses, schedules, faculty, etc. please go to http://www.vesta-usa.org/. Missouri State University in partnership with VESTA offers the MSU VESTA-linked Master of Science in Plant Science (MSPS) degree with emphasis in Enology and/or Viticulture awarded from Missouri State University, Darr College of Agriculture