History

The College of Agriculture is one of the first three units organized in the University of the Philippines. When the college opened in 1909, university-level instruction in basic and applied agricultural science was offered for the first time in the Southeast Asian region. Its first dean, Dr. Edwin R. Copeland, envisioned a college that will not only engage in teaching but conduct research as well. From then on, the College has metamorphosed into a center of excellence for agricultural science in the region.

Vision

Continually attain a higher level of education and research in agricultural and rural development.

Mission

Elevate farming and agriculture from being a poor man's means of obtaining food to a thriving enterprise that is able to meet the demands of a growing market.

Objectives

  • Train and develop the manpower requirements for agriculture and rural development of the country;

  • Undertake research on immediate and long-term problems of Philippine agriculture for the advancement of agricultural science and technology; and

  • Disseminate research findings and technology in a form of package suitable for adoption by extension workers; provide the technical backstop to extension technicians in the fields whenever necessary; and conduct pilot action/research projects on agriculture and rural development.

  • In the 90’s, the UPLB College of Agriculture was reorganized to promote and sustain its competitive edge as a center of excellence in higher education, research and development in agriculture and food science. For effective governance, the college reorganized its units into five clusters in order to consolidate its pool of expertise as well as optimize the allocation and use of dwindling human, financial and physical resources. In addition, the college continues to strengthen the capabilities of its research and training stations and publications program.

    • Agricultural Systems Cluster (ASC)

    • Animal and Dairy Sciences Cluster (ADSC)

    • Crop Science Cluster (CSC)

    • Crop Protection Cluster (CPC)

    • Food Science Cluster (FSC)

    • Central Experiment Station (CES)

    • La Granja Research and Training Station
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      The College of Agriculture (CA) is CHED's Center of Excellence in Agriculture Education. It offers the following degree programs:

       

      • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
      • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology
      • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Chemistry (joint program with the College of Arts and Sciences)
      • Graduate degree programs through the Graduate School

       

      The College of Agriculture is recipient of the 1977 Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding. Equivalent to the Nobel Prize, the award was conferred to the College in recognition for its quality of teaching and research, fostering a sharing of knowledge in modernizing Southeast Asian Agriculture.

       

      CA administers more than half of the country's total agricultural research and conducts extension programs that aim to transfer technology and information to the farming and food production sectors. Its highly trained staff is involved in policy formulation and implementation of national development programs in food and agricultural production, research, and extension.

       

      Its research thrusts focus on sustainable development through utilization and management of locally generated resources, biodiversity conservation, participatory extension approaches, and strengthening agricultural support.