Agricultural Communications Leadership
Enables individuals working in agricultural communications profession to increase their understanding of the more complex and dynamic communication strategies such as crisis communications, knowledge management, and effective online media utilization. Increases students' understanding of leadership and the people with whom they interact on a daily basis, enabling them to perform their professional duties more effectively and efficiently.
This certificate program allows students from a multitude of agricultural backgrounds to add value to their current expertise whether working in the industry or pursing a graduate degree. This program allows students to get an in-depth understanding of the human interactions involved in leader-follower exchanges and learn to apply those theories to real-world situations. In addition to Leadership Theory, topics include barriers and suggestions for developing leadership in rural communities, working with volunteers, culture and climate of the workplace, measuring and evaluating leadership in organizations and current topics affecting leaders within the agriculture industry.
Global Food Security
The 12-credit-hour certificate enables individuals working in a wide range of areas within the food industry to increase their understanding of the interdisciplinary issues related to the approaching global crisis of food security. This program follows recommendations for increased education within the four pillars of food security (Availability, Access, Stability, and Utilization) to build human capital as the world surges toward a population of more than 9 billion people by the year 2050. The certificate increases students' understanding of various aspects in food security while allowing the flexibility to focus instruction in one of the four defined pillars.