Offering career preparation in the development and practical application of plant and soil science to produce abundant, high-quality food, feed and fiber crops. Agronomy is related to genetics, breeding, physiology, and crop and soil management. It involves aspects of soil use, including reclamation, waste disposal, waterways and construction.
Based on a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture survey, there will be a shortfall of agriculture graduates necessary for future growth in agricultural productivity. Recent advances in precision agriculture and the advent of genetically engineered crops are providing new career options for agronomists. There are new opportunities for those becoming Certified Crop Advisors (CCA). The variety of jobs for agronomics is extremely diverse. Typical career occupations include extension agent, grain buyer, soil scientist-USDA, soil conservationist- USDA, tobacco market
specialist, grain grader and seed analyst. Some agronomists serve as farm credit specialists with banks and farm lending agencies.
School of Agriculture facilities include the south wing of the Oakley Applied Science Building, the E.B. Howton Agricultural Engineering building, the Equine Instructional Facility, greenhouses and three farm complexes located near campus.
The Veterinary Technology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program is located on the main farm complex in the A. Carman Animal Health Technology Center. The center houses classrooms, faculty offices, laboratories, a pharmacy, surgery suite, kennels and an x-ray room. The program is equipped with state-of-theart supplies and equipment.
The Agronomy Club is organized to support students in agronomy through field trips and other club activities. Some of the club activities include off campus trips, guest speakers, and the sale and distribution of crop, weed, and seed identification sets. The Agronomy club also sponsors the MSU Soil Judging Team.