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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Agronomy News for 7/24

CALS hosts workshop for NASA - focusing on remote sensing and agriculture to map 3.7 billion acres of cropland. What is an agronomist? - Adam Gaspar talks about his daily life in the fields and using tech. Madison undergraduate weeds teams take first and third at the 2015 Weed Olympics at The Ohio State:
July 24, 2015

Agronomy News for 7/13

Alumni news: Jeff Polenske named International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year. Five Things Everyone Should Know About Drones In Agriculture. Area Crops Well Above Average. (Quoted: Loe Lauer) (Audio): Mark Renz Discusses Invasive Plants with Larry Meiller.
July 13, 2015

Agronomy News for 7/3

Molly Jahn receives honorary doctorate from Swarthmore. Plant Prowess - Agronomy scientists work alongside other CALS fields to catalogue and study crop genomes. Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds and Money to Breed Them? - Via NPR
July 3, 2015

What is an Agronomist?

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July 2, 2015

$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