It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website for Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM). I am honored to serve as the sixth 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’s 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.
DAFVM is one of five divisions at MSU and includes 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 website 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 clients throughout the state. We have a strong departmental structure, yet support additional interdisciplinary opportunities made available through MSU institutes and centers.
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 workforce, and generate annual revenues of more than $7.4-$7.5 billion. Our programs are funded by various federal, state, and private sources; the National Science Foundation recently ranked MSU eighth 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 2,400 undergraduate and almost 1,000 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 Human Sciences; Plant and Soil Science; Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology; and Animal and Dairy Sciences. Combined enrollment in the three colleges in the Division in the fall of 2015 reached an all-time high of more than 3,400 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.
Mailing Address: Box 9800, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Dr. Gregory Bohach, Vice President
Agriculture, Forestry & Veterinary Medicine