Division of Agricultural Systems

The Agricultural Systems division focuses on how agricultural components--market dynamics, labor supply, environmental factors, and farming practices—interact with each other.

Research has shown that treating agricultural operations as a system  offers greater management flexibility, provides for more environmentally and economically sound practices, and creates safer and healthier conditions. Our projects help agricultural producers use scientific discoveries and technological tools to develop sustainable agricultural operations.


  • Provide leadership to Land-Grant university partners and other grantees to conduct research, education, and extension activities in programs related to agricultural systems.
  • Support new and small farmers and ranchers to promote rural development
  • Make farm safety education and certification accessible to youth and recruit them to participate
  • Develop robotics and mechanization of labor, including tools for disabled farmers