Our department studies numerous plant species for a diversity of uses including food, fiber, fuel, animal feed, medicine, wellbeing and aesthetic value.

Our department explores the disciplines of agronomy, horticulture, ecology, agroecology, plant breeding and plant genetics, crop science, weed science, and production agriculture as they relate to agronomic and horticultural systems. Many plant species and cropping systems are studied for diverse uses that contribute to ecosystem, community, and individual health and well-being.

Our scientists engage in transdisciplinary efforts to improve the resilience of agricultural systems to adapt to and mitigate climate change; increase the sustainability of agricultural systems and contribute to positive environmental outcomes; increase access to sustainably produced food, feed, fiber and fuel; and leverage advances in technology and data science to improve our ability to sustainably produce food, feed, fiber and fuel.