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Faith. Family. Farming.

The Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies at Huntington University promotes a Christian perspective on agriculture, which recognizes our responsibility to be good stewards of God's creation and to examine questions of sustainability and justice. The agribusiness program is intended to meet the growing need for agribusiness professionals and includes concentrations in agrimanagement, agrimarketing, agrieconomics and finance, agrientrepreneurial small business management, crop production, communication and public policy, ministry and missions, and agricultural education

Interested in a career in agriculture? Request free information about the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies!

Rooted in Tradition

The Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies is named in honor of Dale and Elaine Haupert. Why? Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of HU, says it best: 

“The Hauperts passionately support the mission of Huntington University and have made strong commitments to ensure the future of all students through their generosity. Their deep commitment to investing in youth and the university has resulted in numerous students receiving a high-quality, Christ-centered education.”

Interested in agriculture and education?

Look no further! The Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies’ agricultural education program prepares students for licensure in secondary or middle school settings. Huntington University is one of only two higher education institutions in Indiana that offer four-year degrees in agriculture.

Although there are more than 150 high schools in Indiana offering agriculture, there is a shortage of agricultural instructors in the state and nationwide. As such, HU is uniquely positioned to train future agriculture teachers from a faith-based perspective in a small-college environment.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Raymie Porter

For 23 years, Raymie Porter served as a research associate for the University of Minnesota’s North Central Research/Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He led the wild rice breeding project, building on three years of post-doctoral work at the center.

His responsibilities included grant-writing, budget oversight, hiring and supervision of research personnel, planning, analysis, and reporting. Research areas involved plant breeding, agronomy, plant pathology, seeds, and plot maintenance.

Porter holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding with minors in entomology and international agriculture from Cornell University, a Master of Arts in science & religion from Biola University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in human needs and global resources from Wheaton College.

Meet the rest of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies faculty!

Did you know...?

Huntington University holds a unique role in the legacy of agricultural education in Indiana. Under the leadership of Dr. Fred Loew, the university taught a robust agriculture curriculum in the early 20th century. Dr. Loew served as the first Agricultural Agent for Huntington County and directed the regional Purdue Experiment Station. According to historical records and University archives, he is credited with introducing soybeans to northeast Indiana farming.

Where did the vision for the ag program originate? It all stated with Hoosier Grown! Read the story.