Lauren Settles

Spring 2016, Extension Agent

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Lauren Settles

Davis Jackson

Fall 2012, Assistant Plant Coordinator, DowAgroSciences LLC.

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Ryan Keller

Spring 2010 Sales Representative Dow AgroSciences LLC.

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Carrie Butts

Spring 2012 Graduate Research Fellow in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Cytogenetics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Food for Thought

Agronomists use science and technology to increase production and use of plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation.  This helps meet the needs of a world population that has doubled over the past 50 years. Agronomy has come to encompass work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology, and soil science. It is the application of a combination of sciences like biology, chemistry, economics, ecology, earth science, and genetics.

As of 2015, agronomists are involved with many issues, including producing food, creating healthier food, managing the environmental impact of agriculture, and extracting energy from plants. Agronomists often specialize in areas such as crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, plant physiology, soil classification, soil fertility, weed control, and insect and pest control.

An ongoing study between the United States Department of Agriculture and Purdue University looks at job trends and career growth in agriculture related fields.  In their most recent projection for the years 2015-2020, they found that annually, the United States can anticipate 57,900 new jobs for graduates with a bachelors degree or higher in fields relating to agriculture.  However, in the same time frame, our colleges and universities are only on track to graduate 35,400 students, leaving jobs to be filled by less qualified candidates from other majors and programs.  Be part of a field that truly grows.  Be an agronomist.

Careers exist in a variety of sectors for students:


Agricultural companies:

Monsanto, Land O’ Lakes, Syngenta, Alltech, Beck's Hybrids, DuPont, Pioneer, Dow AgroSciences, BAYER, and more.

Consulting Firms:

Various national and international agriculture production consulting firms.  Find out more about Agricultural Consulting at the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Academic Organizations, Independent Research Groups, and Non-Profits:

Research, teaching and extension at multiple universities, as well as work at independent research groups and agriculture and environmental focused non-profits.

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The career options with a degree in Plant & Soil Science are endless. Select an area below for more informatoin on careers in Agronomy, Crop Science & Soil Science.

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