It is my pleasure to welcome you to the homepage for Mississippi State University's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM). I am honored to serve as the 6th DAFVM Vice President. MSU has a proud history as a land-grant institution and our Division has been, and continues to be, central to MSU fulfilling the land-grant mission. I am very proud of our faculty, staff and students who have worked throughout the years to earn our outstanding national reputation in agriculture, forestry, and veterinary medicine.
The DAFVM is one of five divisions at MSU and consists of the six major units (Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Forest Resources, and Veterinary Medicine, plus the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, and the MSU Extension Service). Please visit the Web site of each, which can be accessed through links at the top of this page. Our Division coordinates MSU’s teaching, research, and extension programs in agriculture, forestry, and veterinary medicine. In addition, the College of Veterinary Medicine provides diagnostic and treatment services to clientele throughout the state. We have a strong departmental structure, yet support additional interdisciplinary opportunities made available through MSU institutes and centers.
The DAFVM’s research and extension programs support the agriculture and forestry industries which comprise the largest sectors of Mississippi’s economy, employ 29 percent of the state’s work force and generate annual revenues of more than $7.5 billion. Our programs are funded by various federal, state, and private sources; the National Science Foundation recently ranked MSU 9th nationally in agriculture research expenditures. We strive to maintain state-of-the-art facilities and high quality dedicated faculty while conducting research pertaining to plants and animals, agricultural production, health, energy, and natural resources to mention a few. We provide research experiences to graduate and undergraduate students in Starkville and at other MSU facilities throughout the state. The MSU Extension Service is crucial to our land-grant mission and is involved in transfer of technologies derived from research. Mississippians benefit from Extension’s partnership with communities and counties. We feel that it is critical to remain accessible through statewide and regional faculty, as well as through our county and area agents. DAFVM’s programs statewide focus on 4-H, agriculture and natural resources, youth and family resources, and economic and community development. We are also committed to teaching and have outstanding academic programs. Each year, our faculty trains more than 2100 undergraduate and almost 1000 graduate and professional students. Some of our academic programs are among the most popular and fastest growing in Mississippi. Among those fast-growing departments/schools are Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Human Sciences, and Agricultural Economics. Combined enrollment in the three colleges in the Division in the fall 2013 reached an all-time high of more than 3,100 students.
I pledge to ensure that MSU continues to succeed in fulfilling its land-grant mission and that we work in an efficient and ethical manner. My goal is to make certain that our programs are relevant and that they improve life for every citizen, in every county, in every community, every day.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Please feel free to contact me using the following contact information.
Dr. Gregory Bohach, Vice President