A Message from the Dean


There has never been a more immediate and pressing need for agriculture and natural resource professionals than now. The current generation of professionals entering the workplace must find ways to double food production without increasing the amount of land and water devoted to agriculture – truly one of the world’s grand challenges.  The students who enroll in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) want more than just jobs; they want careers that matter and provide opportunities to make a difference in the world. I can’t think of nobler professions than those dedicated to preserving our earth for future generations.

We take great pride that about 94% of our College’s recent graduates secured jobs in their fields of study with starting salaries in the range of $35,000 – $45,000. The median salaries are higher than those for more popular college majors such as biology, psychology, education, political science, and the arts and humanities. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that there are two jobs to every graduate of agriculture and related sciences.

You might also be interested to know that more than a quarter of graduates from colleges of agriculture and related sciences go on to earn a graduate or professional degree, where annual earnings can even double. Molecular biology, animal science, population ecology, natural resource management, food science, applied economics and statistics, water quality, and wildlife conservation are just some of the high-demand programs that we offer. Our graduate programs provide a pathway to academia, industry and agency careers for those whose goal it is to lead change in agriculture and environmental issues.

Thousands of successful alumni around the world are evidence of the academic excellence rooted at the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.  A committed and renowned faculty engages students with hands-on experiences, research opportunities and connections to communities, both at home and overseas. With a distinctive “350-acre classroom,” our Newark Farm students gain practical experience by actively testing their knowledge in real-world settings.  We are proud to be one of only a handful of colleges in the nation that actually feature a working farm right on its campus. Our student farm, however, is more than that – it offers woodlands, wetlands, streams, grasslands, equine and large animal facilities, a working dairy, as well as a creamery. Aiding the community also continues to be at the cornerstone of CANR. Now more than ever, UD Cooperative Extension, the outreach arm of the College, shares knowledge with those citizens who need it most — especially as it relates to today’s high stakes regarding health, nutrition and financial literacy.

Making a world of difference has never been more important. We invite you to learn more about us and schedule a visit. We’ll be glad to work with you to chart a path to a meaningful, well-paying career. Feed the world. Protect the planet. That’s the motto we live by. Join us.



Mark Rieger, Ph.D.