We educate future leaders to feed and fuel the world.
You won't find another crop sciences department with a history like ours. We started as the first Department of Agronomy in the United States. Today we are a nationally ranked plant sciences program with a rich history and exceptional academic reputation.

Our Purpose


We work with students, scientists, communities, and producers to increase food and fuel security. Through these collaborations, we develop new crop varieties, agricultural processes, and technologies that revolutionize food systems and the agriculture industry.


Our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee is leading the process of self-reflection, communication, and action required to make our department a more welcoming, supportive place for all. We began approaching this work in a more coordinated way in fall 2020. Here is a sampling of the ways we are currently engaging:

  • Educating ourselves about historical and current inequities along multiple identity axes
  • Systematically reviewing our department policies and amending biased structures and processes
  • Incorporating IDEA contributions into annual evaluations for all faculty and staff
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