The mission of the Department of Agronomy is to generate, integrate, and apply knowledge about crop plants that are grown for food, feed, fiber and the general benefit of people. Through the integration of teaching, research and extension/outreach efforts, we find and disseminate answers to problems and discover opportunities concerning efficiency and sustainability of production, improvements in quality and methods for safe and environmentally-sound practices. We work to ensure that agricultural systems and products are able to meet rapidly-changing needs of current and future generations.