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The William H Miner Agricultural Research Institute

Semester-Long Programs

Advanced Dairy Management
This intensive residential program is an applied series of courses in dairy farm management that includes general farm management; animal, feed and waste facility design and management; feeding and breeding management; milk quality; use of on-farm records and business management.

Applied Environmental Science Program
Featuring courses taught on a full-day basis, the AESP allows integration of theory developed in lectures with hands-on experience in indoor and outdoor labs dealing with soil, water, forestry, and the agricultural environment interface. Students utilize the computer and chemical laboratory facilities at Miner Institute, as well as the neighboring Adirondacks, to collect and analyze samples and integrate the information into polished reports. Students also utilize hydrological and meteorological equipment to enhance undergraduate teaching and research experiences.

Stephen S. Flanagan, Frances B. Flanagan, and Stephen F. Flanagan Scholarship 

An unexpected donation from the late Stephen Flanagan has provided $1.3 million to support Miner Institute’s education programs.  The donation established a scholarship fund that will support two students enrolled in Miner Institute education programs each year. The scholarships will be named after Mr. Flanagan and his parents, Stephen S. Flanagan and Frances B. Flanagan.

Stephen Flanagan was a lifelong farmer who owned and operated Sunshine Dairy Farm until 1972 and thereafter continued to raise beef cattle on his Rugar Street Farm in Plattsburgh. He was also influential in the creation of the Antique Farm and Home Museum at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Mr. Flanagan wanted to ensure that deserving young people would have an opportunity to study the science of food production and enjoy farming as much as he had. Mr. Flanagan passed away in November 2014 at the age of 86.

From L to R: 2016 scholarship recipient Emma Duffy and 2017 recipients Wyatt Smith and Victoria Vendetta

Emma spent a year as the dairy herdsperson intern at Miner Institute and just returned to the Boston, MA area where she grew up to work on a small dairy farm with on-farm milk bottling and ice cream and butter production. Wyatt grew up on a small dairy farm about 50 miles west of the Twin Cities in MN. He has an animal science degree from the University of Minnesota and is studying dairy nutrition, with a focus on fiber digestibility at the University of Vermont through a graduate assistantship at Miner Institute. Wyatt hopes to work in nutrition consulting, and possibly have a role back on his family farm after graduating. Victoria has an animal science degree from the University of Connecticut and is an alumnus of Miner Institute’s Advanced Dairy Management program. She will be taking over for Emma as the dairy herdsperson intern; she plans to apply to vet school after completing her year-long internship at Miner Institute. 

Summer Experience Internship Opportunities

Summer Experience in Farm Management
Farm Management students at the Miner Institute dairy farm become experienced at milking, herd health, calves, and a variety of field work activities such as tillage, planting, and harvesting. The students fit and show a string of dairy cattle at the local county fair. The Summer Experience in Farm Management introduces students to the modern farm as a business, which has as its objective the conversion of plants into milk and meat.
Brochure  | Application due Feb. 15

Summer Experience in Equine Management
The emphasis of this program is the management of a commercial equine facility and improved horse handling and training skills. Students will learn ground training techniques including halter breaking, lungeing, longlining, and ground driving. The versatility of the Morgan and varied ages and abilities of horses at Miner Institute allow for students to experience many different disciplines to varying degrees. Students will have an opportunity to participate in other operations including milking, pasture management, and a variety of field work activities.
Brochure  | Application due Feb. 15

Summer Experience in Agricultural Research
The Summer Experience in Agricultural Research is a great opportunity for students interested in careers in veterinary medicine and graduate school; they will find this program useful in preparing for academic and career opportunities in the agricultural research field.
Brochure  | Application due Feb. 15