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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$2 million grant establishes Chair in Plant Breeding for Organic Agriculture

Clif Bar & Company and Organic Valley today named the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) as the recipient of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on plant breeding for organic crops. The endowment, to be funded in perpetuity with a $1 million gift from the companies and matched by a $1 million gift from UW graduates John and Tashia Morgridge, will fund research to develop crop varieties adapted to organic systems. The UW-Madison Clif Bar and Organic Valley Chair in Plant Breeding for Organic Agriculture is the first of five organic research chairs to be led by Clif Bar. The company is now working with other organizations to raise an estimated total of $10 million by 2020 to fund chairs dedicated to organic plant breeding. "Today’s first endowed chair is an investment in our national organic legacy and serves as an assurance that organic agriculture will play a critical role in feeding a healthy America into the future,” said Kit Crawford, owner and co-visionary officer for Clif Bar. “We’re grateful for Organic Valley and the University of Wisconsin’s partnership in this first-of-its-kind commitment, ...
June 25, 2015

Badger Crops Club wins Sustainability Prize

At the 2015 Bucky's Awards the Badger Crops Club was awarded the runner-up prize for Conservation and Sustainability. The Bucky’s Award Ceremony is an esteemed banquet held during the spring semester that recognizes and celebrates both outstanding student leaders and student organizations at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The Conservation and Sustainability award recognizes an organization or an individual that has gone above and beyond to better their community in terms of sustainability and conservation.  This student or organization demonstrates that they have had an impact on the Madison campus and community in helping to move toward a more sustainable environment.
June 24, 2015

Ken Albrecht named CSSA Fellow and ASA Fellow

Professor Ken Albrecht has been named a Crop Science Society of America fellow. Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the CSSA. Dr. Albrecht has also been named an American Society of Agronomy fellow. Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the ASA. Members of the Societies nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Dr. Albrecht specializes in forage management and utilization.  
June 11, 2015

Mike Casler CSSA Crop Science Research Award recipient

Professor Mike Casler has been maned as the 2015 CSSA Crop Science Research Award recipient by the Crop Science Society of America. Dr. Casler will be recognized at the CSSA annual meeting in Minneapolis in November. This award is presented to recognize outstanding research contributions in crop science. The award consists of a certificate and $1000 honorarium.
June 5, 2015

Courtyard Cleanup 2015

On Friday members of the Plant Sciences Student Council participated in a courtyard cleanup and BBQ, pulling mountains of quackgrass, dandelions, and other unwanted plants, raking up fall leaves, and taking care of their home away from home.   [gallery type="slideshow" columns="2" size="medium" ids="1263,1264,1266,1267,1268,1270,1271,1273,1274,1276,1278"]
June 1, 2015

Agronomy News for 5/27/15

Nominations open for the 2015 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. - The prize recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40. Pasture partnership supports organic dairy farmers across Wisconsin. - Erin Silva and the Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Program work to imporve the health of dairy pastures. Walk away from the calendar - Cutting forage at the optimal quality for feed. - The PEAQ stick was developed by UW Professor Ken Albrecht and his colleagues. Speakers stress need to focus on climate change. - Professor Molly Jahn speaks at the Door County Climate Change Forum.  
May 27, 2015