Feeding 9 Billion People and Creating a Healthier, More Resilient Agriculture.

That is the challenge taken up by the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Agronomy.  We generate and apply knowledge about plants that feed and benefit humankind.  We find and implement answers to problems and opportunities concerning efficiency and sustainability of crop production and in safe and environmentally-sound ways. We generate knowledge on the genetics, biochemistry and physiology of plants. We study the interactions among cropping systems, climate, and the environment. We work to ensure that agricultural systems and products in Wisconsin and the world are able to meet rapidly-changing needs and those of future generations.

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Pest Management Update Series to begin Nov. 10

“While we have a long history of success with this meeting, we are thrilled to partner with the UW Integrated Crop and Pest Management Program this year” says Mark Renz, UW-Extension/Madison weed specialist. (fyi.uwex.edu) MADISON, Wis. — Have you struggled to manage your pests in agronomic crops this year? If so consider attending a Pest Management Update Series hosted by University of Wisconsin-Extension. Eight meetings that provide updates to weed, insect and disease management in corn, soybean, small grains, and alfalfa will be held throughout the state in November. Discussions of important pests that are spreading in Wisconsin and management approaches will be highlighted. In addition to these updates, participants will also have a chance to hone their IPM skills with hands on training in the afternoon. This conference has always been highly valued by agribusiness and crop consultants noted Mark Renz, UW-Extension/Madison weed specialist. He said previous meeting attendees estimated that information they received from the meeting adds/saves them more than $10 per acre. “While we have a long history of success with this meeting, we are thrilled to partner with the UW ...
October 20, 2014
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Plant Sciences Journal Club – 10/20

There is much debate in both the academic and public sector question whether or not organic produce is any different than conventionally-produced vegetables. This recent meta-analysis explores this question by looking at composition differences between organic and non-organic food, and we hope that you will be intrigued by the results! Article: Baranski British Journal of Nutrition 2014 Chris D'Angelo has selected a very interesting paper for us to discuss this week, so please look it and join us next week to discuss organic production, human health, or anything else you would like to talk about.  
October 15, 2014
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Professors Conley, Lauer recieve awards from ASA and CSSA

At a special awards ceremony held during the ACSESS (Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Studies Societies)  Annual Meetings in Long Beach, CA on November 3, Professors Shawn Conley and Joe Lauer will receive special awards: Dr. Conley will receive the Agronomic Extension Education Award from the American Society of Agronomy, and Dr. Lauer will appointed a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America. Dr. Conley Dr. Conley’s research and Extension programs are recognized by his peers and clientele at the state, regional and national levels.  Dr Conley’s national prominence led to his selection by the American Society of Agronomy to address national drought concerns related to soybean production systems in 2012. His national expertise has also led to involvement (CoPI with Dr. AJ Bussan) with the United Soybean Board funded National Soybean Sustainability Initiative. This initiative modeled under the NISA framework is charged with the mission to develop a roadmap of soybean management systems that will help producers to achieve verifiable sustainability outcomes, improve the environmental services and productivity of their farms, help their rural communities thrive, and satisfy performance ...
October 14, 2014
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Healthy Food Systems Poster Session – November 14

HEALTHY FOOD SYSTEMS Lecture and Poster Session – November 14, 2014   Sometimes it is all about food. We can buy something to eat almost everywhere, but finding healthy food can still be a difficult task. Wisconsin and the nation need a healthier food system.  Last spring, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences held a strategic planning event that demonstrated a strong college interest in the development and maintenance of healthier food systems.  Attendees from across the college expressed outstanding ideas and indicated that food systems projects were already in progress. Many attendees, however, appeared to be working on these ideas and projects alone or in small groups. To reduce the barriers to communication and facilitate productive cross-campus collaboration, we have scheduled a HEALTHY FOOD SYSTEMS poster session for Nov. 14.  Posters will be available for viewing in conjunction with a keynote lecture by Dr. Jules Pretty, an internationally recognized expert in sustainable agriculture from the University of Essex.   Lecture: Sustainable Intensification in Agricultural Systems DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Nov. 14 at 3:00pm   Poster session: Healthy Food Systems Location TBA.  Viewing will be from 2:00 ...
October 7, 2014
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Plant Sciences Journal Club – 10/13

Hello plant scientists! The coffee genome has been sequenced, so come help us celebrate our favorite alkaloid on Monday, September 13th at noon in Moore 473! There will be coffee and chocolate-covered coffee beans. Article: The coffee genome provides insight into convergent evolution of caffeine biosynthesis
September 25, 2014
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Shawn Kaeppler named Campbell-Bascom Professor

Congratulations to Professor Shawn Kaeppler on being chosen as the Campbell Bascom Professor. The professorship was established by the Campbell Soup Company and is awarded to faculty in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) who have made outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture. This includes, but is not limited to, those working in the areas of food science, nutrition, horticulture, agronomy, plant pathology, biological systems engineering, bacteriology, biochemistry, and genetics. The Campbell-Bascom Professorship provides the recipient with an annual auxiliary allocation that can be used in support of scholarly activities, including supplies, equipment, research assistants, travel to professional meetings, and other research costs. The appointment is for a five-year term. After five years, nominations for the professorship are re-opened. Current or past recipients may be nominated and considered for reappointment.
September 16, 2014
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