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As an undergraduate, you'll have many chances for hands-on learning. Research opportunities for students include projects in breeding plants for food, oil and other uses, the science behind soil health, small farm operations and more, while your required internship will introduce you to the different career options available to you once you graduate. Student club activities will help you hone your leadership skills, positioning you for an exciting career in agronomy, soil science, or plant breeding.
The Department of Crop and Soil Science offers graduate work in the following areas:
We're committed to acquiring, integrating and sharing basic and applied knowledge about field crops and cropping systems in an ever-changing world.
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We strive to understand the structure and function of the earth's surface. Our broad discipline includes soil biology, chemistry, physics, fertility, and pedology.
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OSU recently rolled out guidelines on industrial hemp. Now tools are available to help you engage with the public.
“Hemp will get there with scientific information, especially if industry supports that,” said Jay Noller, who heads OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science in Corvallis and leads the university’s hemp research.
Another aspect of a robust certification program is roguing, or removing infected plants, says Brian A. Charlton, interim director, Klamath Basin Potato Faculty Scholar, Oregon State University. Some programs encourage roguing not only...
Oregon hemp is expected to leap ahead of the state’s No. 2 commodity, cattle and calves, which were worth $819.8 million in 2017, the most current year data are available, according to Jay Noller, head of Oregon State University’s Crop...
Lauren Gwin, associate director for the OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, said small farms are a not only a key part of the state’s agricultural economy, but also environmental sustainability.