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USA: Online Organic Agriculture Certificate

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The U.S. organic food industry has grown at an impressive rate of nearly 20 % each year for more than a decade and industry experts are predicting the trend to continue or accelerate. The Organic Trade Association forecasts that overall, the everyday use of organic products of all kinds will be both accepted and routine by the year 2025. The growing demand for organic products has created the need for employees who understand the unique production, processing, and marketing approaches used in organic agriculture. Washington State University’s new online certificate in organic agriculture, the first in the USA, develops a solid background in the agricultural sciences, including an understanding of complex agriculture and food systems. Students develop knowledge and skills that are applicable to all industries and agencies involved in the food chain – from production, processing, and delivery to policy, regulation, and education.

The online certificate is ideal for professionals working in agriculture or related fields who require in-depth knowledge of organic systems, those wanting to pursue a career in organic agriculture, anyone interested in beginning a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm, home gardeners, as well as current WSU students in other majors at WSU with an interest in organic agriculture. Online courses are taught by the same world-renowned faculty who teach on Washington State University’s main campus in Pullman. Washington State University is a national leader in agricultural research and education and was the first university in the nation to offer a major in organic agriculture (available on the Pullman campus). Online courses for the certificate are accessible 24/7 from computers with high-speed Internet access. A professional internship at an approved farm, orchard, nursery, greenhouse or business involved in the organics industry is an integral part of the curriculum.
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