Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Masters course

Master's Program in Agro-environmental Science

 Even though food issues are gaining more and more attention, still the degree of food self-sufficiency in Japan is remarkably low compared to other developed countries. Taking this into account, the goal of the this program is to utilize the resources of Tokachi, Hokkaido, a major food production area for Japan, to acquire advanced knowledge and skills that will improve food productivity. Taking into consideration sustainable material circulation and use of local resources, based on advanced knowledge of the physiology, pathology and genetics of plants and knowledge of soil, the program trains people who can make quantitative and qualitative enhancements in plant production, by improving the food production environment using their knowledge of mechanical, biological and civil engineering techniques, or by carrying out administrative and the efficient maintenance and development in food production using their knowledge of economics and administration related to food production.

Plant Production Science

The goal of this major is to produce expert professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the factors that support sound ecological agriculture and livestock industry practices, including soil making, breeding and cultivation of field and forage crops, disease and pest control, and grassland utilization, taking full advantage of being at an education and research institute located in Tokachi, Hokkaido, which is one of the largest field crop and livestock zones in Japan. Through extensive practical instruction and research ranging from basic laboratory work to practical fieldwork, the course produces professionals who can take an active part in the making of the foundations of the world's agriculture industries.

Engineering for Agriculture

In this major, advanced instruction and research is conducted on theories and applications of agricultural machinery system engineering, agricultural and rural engineering, and atmospheric and ground information science, which serve as the bases of agroenvironmental engineering. In the laboratory of agricultural machinery system engineering, instruction and research is conducted on the advancement of agricultural and livestock techniques, quality improvement and cost reduction of agricultural products, and utilization techniques of biomass resources, based on agricultural energy engineering, farming system engineering and resource recycle engineering. In the laboratory of agricultural and rural engineering, instruction and research is conducted on the improvement of agricultural production bases and rural living environments, and environmentally-friendly agriculture, based on agricultural land engineering, rural planning studies, and studies on farm land conservation. In the field of atmospheric and ground information science, instruction and research is conducted on the evaluation of meteorological, ground, and environmental information in farmlands and forests.

Agricultural Economics

This major teaches:
1) Administrative theories for the sustainable development of farm management and supporting organizations
2) Theories for agricultural and food policies that provide citizens with a stable supply of food, and techniques to evaluate the effects of those policies
3) Advanced statistical theories necessary to carry out practical research about agriculture and food
Special emphasis is given to social survey and analysis by various techniques in order to go beyond merely acquiring theories but to understand the efficacy and limitations of them when applied to actual problems. This major cultivates the students’ sense of administration and economics that will enable them to make practical suggestions to solve problems.

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