All students will have opportunities to gain industrial and practical experiences. Teaching visits will be made to the Plant Health Inspectorate in Cornwall to see quarantine management of Phytophthora , and to a local LEAF farm to review the challenges and approaches to food production in integrated farm management systems. You will gain specialised experience in practical science or policy making through a dissertation or project placement with external agencies. Defra and Fera, for example, are offering five dissertation and/or project placements annually.
Agriculture is a major industry in the United States, with California accounting for over 12% of the . agriculture cash receipts.  Over half of agricultural workers in California, contributing to the state's agriculture economy and providing the nation with over half of all fruits and vegetables, are undocumented.  Despite undocumented laborers contributing to the agriculture industry, farm work and labor is among one of the lowest paid occupations in the .  Many undocumented communities suffer from food insecurity due to low wages, forcing families to purchase economically viable unhealthy food.  Though existing food pantry and food stamp programs aid in reducing the amount of food insecure individuals, undocumented immigrants are ineligible for social service programs and studies have found that limited English acts as a barrier to food stamp program participation.  Due to a lack of education, encounters with government agents, language barriers, undocumented individuals pose higher rates of food insecurity and hunger when compared to legal citizens. The Trump administration is attempting to draft new stricter immigration policies ;  undocumented individuals who fear being deported under the new policies, limit their interactions with government agencies, social service programs (., food stamps ), increasing their susceptibility to food insecurity.