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Faith. Family. Farming.

The Agricultural Studies Program 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, animal production, communication and public policy, ministry and missions, and agricultural education

Interested in a career in agriculture? Request free information about the Agricultural Studies Program!

HU in the News

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HU is "All In" with Ag!

Drs. Raymie Porter, Program Director, and Sherilyn Emberton, HU President, appeared with Gerry Dick on Inside INdiana Business to talk about why ag came to HU and what's next for the institute. 

Porter and Emberton showcase where the Agricultural Studies Program began and break down how students can tailor their ag degree to their needs. They also shares the vision for Ware Plant Production Facility and what that new building will offer students. 

Rooted in Tradition

Indiana farm family plants agricultural major at Huntington University

The Agricultural Studies Program at Huntington University honors 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.”

Studying outdoors

Interested in agriculture and education?

Look no further! The Agricultural Studies Program's 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, Agriculture

Dr. Raymie Porter

For 26 years, Dr. Porter led the wild rice breeding project at the University of Minnesota’s North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, including 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, seed research, and experimental plot design and analysis. He also gave numerous presentations on many aspects of wild rice, and guest lectured for a number of courses at the University of Minnesota.

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 (HNGR) from Wheaton College.

Meet the rest of the Agricultural Studies Program 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 started with Hoosier Grown! Read the story.