The field of agronomy encompasses the sciences related to crops and soils. It includes crop production, crop breeding, seed production and certification, weed science, range and pasture management, soil management and irrigation, and soil conservation. The agronomy degree program is designed for students who are interested in plants and soils as they relate to economic crop production and environmental protection.
A wide variety of career paths is available in this rapidly-changing field. The breadth of your education will prepare you to pursue careers which are just now evolving or will evolve in the future. With a degree in agronomy, careers are possible as a crop consultant, farmer, farm manger, field or lab researcher, educator, plant breeder, sales or technical representative (seed, fertilizer or chemical), elevator or co-op manager, and soil or water conservationist.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in a state that is very diverse in soils and environmental conditions across the state which allows students to obtain real-world experiences with a variety of crops and management strategies. Students are encouraged to participate in out-of-classroom experiences, such as international travel, clubs, research projects, and discipline-specific employment opportunities to broaden their experiences, knowledge, and networks while still in college.
One internship is required for graduation. Agronomy internships are available across Nebraska and the United States with major seed and chemical companies and other agricultural related businesses, such as co-ops, crop consultants, and researchers.
Each year the Agronomy Club hosts a chili cook-off and mower maintenance fundraisers. The club annually travels to the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences regional meeting.
P. Stephen Baenzinger, Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor, Small Grains Breeding and Genetics (faculty).
Henry Beachell, Rice Breeder, 1996 World Food Prize Winner (alumnus).
Notable facilities include the teaching gardens, greenhouses, and new classrooms.