Agronomy Department, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University

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The Department of Agronomy, together with the Research and Extension Centers,
provides statewide leadership for teaching, research, and extension activities
in plant breeding, crop production, range science, soil science, and weed
sciences and contributes substantially to activities in genetics, water
science, and environmental sciences.

Undergraduate teaching activities in agronomy prepare students to effectively
serve agriculture, related industries, and society. Students are provided a
sound professional and scientific foundation; a broad education for
constructive living in the community, state, and nation; and effective advising
and extracurricular activities to develop leadership skills. Graduate
instruction emphasizes knowledge and skills for research and applications
within the many specialties that constitute agronomy, and produces skilled
scientists, educators, and administrators for industry, government, university,
and international service.

Research in agronomy identifies the basic biological, chemical, and physical
principles that govern our disciplines. This knowledge is applied to integrated
soil tillage, improved varieties and hybrids, optimum management of nutrients,
water, and residue, and pest/weed control into sustainable, efficient
production systems that conserve resources and protect environmental quality.

Agronomy extension specialists conduct educational programs based upon sound
agronomic principles and practices for farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses
that result in: (1) more efficient production, (2) increased economic returns,
(3) conservation of natural resources, and (4) protection of the environment.
Extension specialists bring departmental research findings to the crop and
rangeland industry of Kansas.

The successful integration of instruction, research, and extension in crop,
range, soil, and weed management at Kansas State University has made Kansas one
of the leading agricultural states in the United States. These efforts must be
continued to increase the profitability of Kansas agriculture and to improve
the livelihood of all Kansans.


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