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Morningside’s location in Sioux City and the tri-state region places us in the heart of one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Both our Siouxland location and the number of businesses in the area with ties to agriculture have made the Morningside University Regina Roth Agricultural and Food Studies department a critical regional resource. The Applied Food and Studies program is designed to give you a broad understanding of how agriculture and food production work preparing you for success after you graduate.




A Great Fit For

  • Those wishing to develop a broad understanding of the agriculture industry with access to unique opportunities in Sioux City, the state of Iowa, and beyond.
  •  Preparing you for a wide range of career opportunities.
  • Gaining real-world experiences through interaction with business and industry professionals, clubs and organizations, travel opportunities, externships, and more.
  • Developing leadership skills through co-curricular activities and research opportunities.
  • Enjoying the opportunities and advantages of being a student at a small private college that allows you to immerse yourself in your education and get involved in unique experiences more quickly.


Hands on Learning Environment

You'll have access to our 3,300 square-foot state-of-the-art greenhouse, the Lags Learning Farm, campus garden, and more to give you hands on experience outside the classroom preparing you for success.

Externship Program

Our externship program allows you to participate in a paid, semester-long externship in Sioux City, greater Iowa or beyond and work side-by-side with management and production teams doing real agriculture in the real world.

Career Opportunities

Morningside graduates of the agriculture and food studies program have gone ton to careers at Tyson Foods, Palmer Candy Company, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit Administration, and more.



This course introduces the background research, planning, and management procedures necessary to be a successful entrepreneur in the agriculture industry.


This course provides an introduction to the micro- and macro-economic principles of agricultural and food markets, with an emphasis placed on the factors affecting supply and demand for food and fiber, the costs associated with agricultural inputs, farm and retail price behavior, and overall structures of agricultural markets. The course will discuss agribusiness niches in relationship to multiple sectors of the U.S. and international economy from various perspectives.


This course provides a focus on the fundamentals of marketing agricultural commodities, including the analytical and technological methodologies used to evaluate different marketing strategies under various economic and agricultural subsidies scenarios. The course provides an overview of the principles of futures markets, risk management, options, and other forms of hedging within the complex framework of the U.S. and international agricultural and food products marketing systems. Students carry out a markets research project and prepare a formal report based on their analyses.


This course provides a survey of the business and ecoomics of the agriculture industry, and also an introduction to the economic aspects of agriculture, including the agricultural producer, comsumer, and food system. The management principles encountered in the day-to-day opearation of an agricultural enterpirse are stressed as they relate to the decision-making process.



As a Regina Roth Agricultural and Food Studies student, you’ll learn how different agricultural production and business systems affect crop yield, farm profitability, soil health, and models of long-term sustainability.  You’ll also have access to our state-of-the-art facilities giving you hands-on experience for the real world.

Student In The Greenhouse


Keren Brooks

Keren Brooks

Assistant Professor

Morningside is full of students, faculty, and staff who seek, not only a great educational experience, but also to build and sustain communities. It is exciting, rewarding, and encouraging to work in an environment that is dedicated to uplifting others.

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Annie Kinwa-Muzinga

Annie Kinwa-Muzinga


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Deanne McKenna

Deanne McKenna

Adjunct Faculty

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Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson

Internship/Externship Coordinator

Morningside feels like home to me. I know that sounds cliche, but it truly does. As a rural, small town kid, I love the sense of community that is felt through every aspect of work and life at Morningside University. I love getting to know my students and helping them on their path to a career that they will love and succeed in.

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Thomas Paulsen

Thomas Paulsen

Applied Agriculture & Food Studies Department Head/Professor

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Daniel Witten

Daniel Witten

Assistant Professor

I love working in the close knit environment that Mside provides. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and make connections.

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Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.


Business Administration


Education and Special Education

Pre-Vet Preprofessional Studies



student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you


employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation


majors & pre-professional programs available

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