Chair: Dr. Robert Harmon
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences addresses the major issues faced by animal agriculture today – production efficiency, sustainability, animal welfare, environmental stewardship, food safety and food quality – through our programs in research, instruction and extension. These issues represent challenges and areas for science-based discussions with clientele and consumers. We are involved in multidisciplinary research programs that advance our knowledge of animal biology and production systems and their relationship to the environment, as well as processing, preservation, and improvement of human foods. Our instructional programs focus on the application of science and technology to animal and food production. Our extension programs advance sustainable agricultural and food systems and assist our youth to develop character traits needed to be successful citizens.