College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources


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Office of the Dean and Interim Provost

Welcome to the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources (CAFSNR) at North Dakota State University. We are excited to have you visit our website and learn more about our college. We encourage you to look over our programs and consider how they might fit into your life-long goals. If you are exploring possibilities, agriculture programs are noted for their diversity, relevance, and adoption of technology. You can study and become involved in research on subjects as diverse as food production, biofuels and bioproducts, natural resources, agribusiness economics and trade, disease and pest control, crop and livestock enterprises, advanced technologies, companion animal care, and sports turfgrass. Involvement in our exciting educational programs also improves upon skills in communication, reasoning, interpersonal dynamics, and complex social interactions – skills that are critical for success in any endeavor. Through internships, you can apply classroom learning to actual job situations.

Career opportunities are excellent and improving! Students from both urban and rural backgrounds are finding satisfying and rewarding careers in private companies, government agencies, educational institutions and with other employers. Some of our graduates use their training in non-traditional areas such as medicine, law, space, banking, and military careers. More than 80% of our graduates are employed within three months after graduation. For those who may be considering advanced degrees, we offer graduate programs that are well respected worldwide.

In our college, you’ll receive individual attention from faculty members committed to excellence in teaching and advising. Faculty will support your quest for academic success and your development of educational goals. Our faculty have professional connections that help insure our programs are current, relevant, and serve our students well. While our enrollment continues to grow, the college is committed to maintaining a supportive and caring environment.

It is truly an exciting time to be at NDSU. NDSU is the Land-Grant University uniquely situated in the most agricultural state in the nation and serving agriculture, the largest industry in the nation. NDSU has become a thriving campus growing rapidly in enrollment, programs, buildings, research and stature. NDSU is truly on the move!

We want you to share your dreams, talents, and energies with us. Together, we can meet the challenges of feeding, clothing, and fueling the generations of the future.


Ken Grafton,


Office Faculty and Staff

Ken Grafton Dean and Interim Provost
David Buchanan Associate Dean for Academic Programs 701-231-7426
Janelle Quam Assistant to the Dean 701-231-7655
Linda McCaw Administrative Assistant 701-231-8790
Patti Sebesta Director of College Advancement 701-231-8524
Randy Schmeling Director of Development 701-471-7665

Khaatim Boyd Director of Development 831-334-0516
Justin Swanson Director of Development 701-630-5681
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