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What is an Agronomist?

Each year more than 14,000 agronomy-related jobs are posted with an estimated growth rate of 6.5 percent, yet only 2,800 new agronomy students graduate annually to fill these positions. Agronomy-related jobs are often high-tech and play an important role in addressing the challenge of how to feed a rapidly increasing global population.

A video developed to create awareness among high school and college students about these jobs answers the question – What is an Agronomist? In the video, Adam Gaspar, a graduate student in agronomy working with Shawn Conley, explains an agronomist’s daily role in agriculture, the abundant career opportunities currently available, and how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) support the job of an agronomist in the rapidly changing world of agriculture.

The video was developed for distribution through the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and STEM Food and Agriculture.