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!
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 the very few 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
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.
Rooted in Tradition
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.”