Student conducting summer research comparing the results of manure versus other inorganic substances on corn growing in a plot at Mann Valley Farm

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College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Welcome to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Around campus you’ll hear us called CAFES and we’re home to more than a dozen majors, two laboratory farms, award-winning faculty, incredible hands-on learning opportunities and so much more. We pride ourselves on providing a top-tier education, one where you’ll have a leg up on your career after graduation. Experiences like internships, research, professional development and hands-on classwork are crucial to your success so that’s why we’re committed to supporting you every step of the way.

Here in CAFES, you’re taught by our faculty, not teaching assistants. They’re in the classrooms, labs, greenhouse, farms, fields, barns and workshops with you from day one. They are more than teachers, they’re mentors. They provide a rich learning environment where as early as your first semester you’ll have access to facilities, tools, animals and instruments you won’t have elsewhere. You'll even be able to perform research side by side with faculty - as an undergraduate!

Where does all this hands-on learning take place? Right here in our world-class facilities! You’ll learn critical skills on cutting-edge tools in current and relevant facilities. We’ve got two lab farms that span several hundred acres and house our animal and crop production enterprises, a Dairy Learning Center, greenhouse complex, laboratory facilities ranging from water quality to physiology labs, food processing plants and more. Having so many resources at your fingertips provides endless high-impact, personalized learning opportunities.

We’re more than just our faculty and facilities though. We’re committed to providing you a comprehensive experience, that’s why we provide dedicated internship support, loads of student teams and organizations, scholarship funds and so much more. Come see what’s waiting for you in CAFES.

Students evaluate feed rations using a shaker box during a dairy nutrition lab at held at Mann Valley Farm

Internships give you an opportunity to gain valuable and practical career experience while earning college credit. The CAFES Internship Program provides dedicated resources to help you find an internship.

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Get Involved

We’re home to loads of vibrant student organizations and judging teams, giving you opportunities to put your education into practice, socialize and foster connections.

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Student in the soil pit with associate professor of geology and soil science at Mann Valley Farm

As a CAFES major, you’re eligible for a variety of dedicated scholarships, including awards for incoming first-year students. As we've said, we're here to help you succeed so we've compiled a list of opportunities you can apply for. 

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See You at the Farm

We know we’ve already said it, but one of the most unique aspects of a UWRF CAFES education is the access you’ll have to our incredible facilities. Whether you’re working with animals, building engines or managing crops, you’ll gets hands-on experience that can be applied directly to your future career. Our facilities include two laboratory farms: Campus Farm and the Mann Valley Farm. The farms house classrooms, the Dairy Learning Center, breeding facilities, animal barns and arenas, acreage for research, cropland and so much more. Take a tour and learn more.

Majors and Minors

* Also offered as a minor
** Minor only

Let's Talk!

See a major that looks intriguing? Want to know more about our farms? Interested in learning more about CAFES? We're happy to share our story and answer all your questions so don't hesitate to reach out. Give us a call at 715-425-3535 or email and we'll connect you to the right resources.