Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture prepares individuals to focus on agricultural principles and practices that, over the long term, enhance environmental quality, make efficient use of nonrenewable resources, integrate natural biological cycles and controls, and are economically viable and socially responsible; and that may prepare individuals to apply this knowledge to the solution of agricultural and environmental problems.
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture majors and degree programs likely include instruction in principles of agroecology, crop and soil sciences, entomology, horticulture, animal science, weed science and management, soil fertility and nutrient cycling, applied ecology, agricultural economics, and rangeland ecology and watershed management.
What can you do with a major/degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture?
As a Agroecologist/Sustainable Agriculturalist, you likely play an important role in maintaining and expanding the nation’s food supply. You may work in basic or applied research and development. Basic research seeks to understand the biological and chemical processes by which crops and livestock grow. Applied research seeks to discover ways to improve the quality, quantity, and safety of agricultural products.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture:
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Society of Agronomy
- American Society of Animal Science
- American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
- Institute of Food Technologists
Publications/Magazines in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture: