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Soil and Crop Sciences celebrates 100 years

September 8, 2009

In 1909, "A" was for Aggies but also for "Agronomy Department," the original name for the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences when it had its beginnings at Colorado State University. A lot has been accomplished in a hundred years in the way of research, education, and service. Join the celebration at an open house on Friday, Sept. 11.

Open House
Friday, Sept. 11, 4-5 p.m.
Plant Science Building

A century of agronomic excellence

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is celebrating its 100th year!

Please join us at our department open house from 4-5 p.m. in the Plant Sciences Building at 307 University Avenue to see the amazing things that have taken place throughout the last century and what is occurring as we prepare to blast forward into the next one! 

(At right: Ralph J. Parshall with Colorado Agricultural College's Hydrology Lab, shown with a Parshall Flume in 1946.) 

Other scheduled events

Other scheduled events are listed on the Soil and Crop Sciences' Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence website. Join our faculty, staff, students, and alumni in celebrating the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences contributions to the home of the Aggies.

From humble beginnings...

From the humble beginnings of the Department of Agronomy with two faculty in 1909 (Alvin Kezer – Administration, Crops and Soils and D. W. Frear - Crops and Soils) the Department has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive department today with: 

  • Twenty-four research, teaching and extension faculty on campus and four at Branch Experiment Stations
  • Twenty-eight research associates/staff and 40 graduate students

From the ground up

The breadth of teaching, research and extension activities in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences (name changed from Agronomy to Soil and Crop Sciences in 1994) ranges from basic genomics to production agriculture research, teaching and extension.

Our goal is to serve the students and other clientele of Colorado, the nation and the world. Our faculty members are dedicated to their work and strive to make advances in science, teaching and technology transfer that benefit society. 

Contact: Lorraine Voss
Phone: (970) 491-6501