The new Agricultural Technology program of UC Davis Smart Farm will prepare students for the new farming technology and smart farming practices for the future of food and teach sustainable agriculture methods.

Student Support

The Field of Agriculture Is Transforming

Technology is transforming farming, allowing operations to become more profitable and efficient. This new era of advanced technologies such as autonomous robots and wireless sensor networks calls for highly skilled workers and forward-thinking individuals to lead the way. In order to excel, the people who grow our food need a new kind of education—a program with cutting-edge technologies and hands-on field training at its core.

The Agricultural Technology Program

Smart Farm is reinventing UC Davis’ land-grant teaching mission for the 21st century to prepare a highly skilled workforce for agriculture’s digital transformation. The new Agricultural Technology (AgTech) program will be an innovative new pathway that integrates digital technologies and world-class agricultural research into a new point of entry for those interested in STEM careers in agriculture—infusing practical training with UC Davis’ signature excellence in providing students with a solid research foundation.

Comprising an interdisciplinary undergraduate major, a graduate group, and an extension certificate for mid-career professionals, the AgTech program will give students opportunities to work and research alongside faculty and industry partners. To ensure the pipeline of talent reflects California’s rich diversity, we will develop vibrant outreach programming to inspire K-12 students, with special emphasis on 4-H and FFA members. AgTech will play a key role in preparing the next generation to reimagine agriculture’s future.

Build the Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders

  • Create endowments for scholarships and fellowships to attract top undergraduate, graduate and certificate students
  • Support dynamic programming to engage K-12, 4-H and FFA students 
  • Establish the Agricultural Technology program via an endowed lecturer position, flexible programmatic support, and state-of-the-art teaching laboratory equipment


UC Davis is committed to preparing the next generation of agricultural leaders with a new kind of education. We invite the philanthropic partnership of our alumni and friends in transforming agricultural education