About Us

Alcorn State University, established in 1871, is the oldest among all 1890 land-grant universities in the U.S.A. The university is committed in improving the standard of living of farmers and residents of Mississippi through teaching, research and extension. The university’s main campus is located in the southwestern region of Mississippi, and it enjoys the subtropical climate. The USDA Conservation Research Project is located on the main campus and crops are raised on Memphis Silt Loam Soil (Typic Hyapludalf, silty, mixed, thermic), coming under the order Alfisols. Alcorn State University entered into a cooperative agreement with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1988 to conduct a special study of plant and residue parameter values for fruit and vegetable crops for erosion prediction models including RUSLE, WEPP, etc. Four faculty members of the Department of Agriculture are consultants to the project and they advise the graduate students in agronomy, horticulture, environmental science, and agricultural economics. As the Conservation Research Project applies the latest technology in erosion prediction models, students graduating with thesis work will have excellent job opportunities and great future.