agronomy

About the Department

Agronomy is focused on new and improved ways of agriculture. New methods of conservation. Improved soil health. New approaches to bioenergy. Improved water quality. Advanced genetic traits. The end goal is producing food, fuel and fiber in a more efficient and economical way for the benefit of people and the environment around the world.

We are applying science to advance crop production systems while protecting and improving air, soil and water quality.

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Mr. Edward S Dearden
Graduate Assistant
Dr. Prashant Jha

We have two special ladies who come to us from Oregon! Erin is from Redmond, Oregon and Audrey is from Portland, Oregon. Erin decided to come to Iowa State because she was looking for a degree in agriculture, and when she came on a visit, everything just clicked for her. Her favorites memories have been hanging out with friends that she has made here, they all enjoy going out for dinner or watching movies. Audrey decided to come to Iowa State because she was interested in agriculture, and she knew that ISU had a great program. She wasn’t quite sure where or what part of agriculture interested her most, but agronomy touched on many different topics, and included lots of plant science. Audrey is enjoying meeting new people while being here!

Emily Putze is a recent 2017 graduate of the Agronomy Department. She is currently located in Nebraska as an Associate Territory Manager at Corteva Agriscience, formerly known as Dow/DuPont Pioneer. Her main job duties include working with local retailers to help positions Corteva chemical products to growers. Emily trains retailers and growers on how certain products are used so that growers can get the best experience possible when using the products. She makes smart decisions to protect the environment while at the same time, still helping farmers succeed in the fight against weeds and pests. Emily uses her agronomic knowledge to diagnose problems in the field and then, with that knowledge, she is able to determine what means are needed to be taken in order to control it.

Kirsten Backes is a recent 2017 graduate. She is now located in Woodland, California where she is an associate in the Production and Supply Development Program for Syngenta, a rotational leadership development programs for college graduates. Each rotation is one year long, and so far she has completed two of the three years. Kirsten’s first rotation was in Waterloo, NE in seed corn operations. Her second rotation is happening right now in Woodland, CA in vegetable production, and her final rotation will be in Slater, IA in seed production research and digital technology. Her job duties vary from site to site.

Tyler Reimers graduated in 2012 with his BS in Agronomy. He now resides in Denison, IA where he is an Assistant Agronomy Division Manager for Farm Service Cooperative. His job duties include managing all aspects of agronomy business that pertains to the cooperative, as well as procurement, pricing, and logistics of the products and services they provide. He also trains and supports the agronomy staff.

Tyler enjoys most that he helps their farmer members make intelligent agronomic and economic decisions that affect their business and livelihood by keeping up to date on the newest technologies and advancements within the industry, and also by implementing local experimental plots to test new products first hand.

 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently selected outstanding faculty and staff to be awarded for their contributions to the education, service, research, and dedication that makes CALS so great. The Department of Agronomy would like to recognize our very own who were awarded.

 

 

Mindy Devries
Dr. Mindy L Devries-Gelder
Lecturer

A huge congratulations is in order for Jacob Wright on receiving two SSSA scholarships. Jacob received the Golden Opportunity Scholarship and the Hubert Byrd Scholarship. The Golden Opportunity program, sponsored by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, develops the agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental science professions by strengthening the next generation of leaders in the profession.  Undergraduate students from across the world in associate or bachelor degree programs are considered. Specifically undergrads interested in graduate school.

Women in Agronomy is an organization within the Department of Agronomy that focuses on the wonderful women in this major. Women in Agronomy began over 15 years ago, but over the past five or six years, it has become more and more active! Stephanie Zumbach works hard to plan events for young agronomy women so that they know they have a place in agronomy and in agriculture. Connecting these ladies to other women who are also agronomy majors, both professionally and socially, as well as connecting them to other women in agriculture is one of the biggest take away from being involved with Women in Agronomy. 

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