Soil and Crop Sciences is a section within the School of Integrative Plant Science. Formerly the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and before that, the Department of Agronomy, the section has had a long and distinguished history at Cornell. While studies in agronomy at Cornell have existed from the beginnings of the University, it was in 1922 that the newly formed Department of Agronomy was established with 2 crops faculty and 7 soils faculty. Today the Department has a faculty of 39 professorial positions including 14 in soils, and 14 in crops. One senior research associate, one senior extension associate, and one lecturer are also part of the faculty. In addition, scientists from the USDA, Boyce Thompson Institute and NYS Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva hold adjunct professorial appointments. Numerous professional staff and, at any one time several visiting scientists, are an integral part of departmental programs. There are also at any one time between 75 and 90 graduate students working on degrees under the guidance of departmental faculty. There have been over 1,200 Masters and Doctoral degrees granted in CSS since 1888.

For more information, please visit the Soil and Crop Sciences Section home page.

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