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Jan 31, 2013 10:33 PM by MSU NEWS SERVICE

Montana State University recognized as one of the best environmental college programs

From the Towne's Harvest garden, to programs on animal science and food, Montana State University is getting attention for some programs.

MSU's Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems program has been named one of the 10 best college environmental programs in the United States by Mother Nature Network.

Mother Nature Network, or MNN, recognized colleges and universities for incorporating sustainability into the curriculum. MNN is an online network that promotes environmental and social responsibility.

"We're very pleased to be recognized," said Bruce Maxwell, chair of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Council at MSU and a professor of applied plant ecology. "Montana State's Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems program brings together coursework in plant sciences, agriculture, food and nutrition, animal science environmental engineering, and ecology, which makes it truly unique."

The program started nearly three years ago as a partnership between the College of Agriculture and the College of Education, Health and Human Development. It offers four options -- agroecology, sustainable crop production, sustainable food systems and sustainable livestock production - that each lead to a bachelor's degree in science.

Some experiential learning for students takes place at Towne's Harvest Garden, a 3-acre diversified vegetable farm located near campus. Other opportunities for students include internships with Montana producers, small farmers and other industries.

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