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Agricultural Science - Area 3: Agronomy B.S.

Agronomy is the study of crops and soils. As a student working toward an Agricultural Science with an emphasis in Agronomy degree from the University of Central Misssouri's Agronomy curriculum includes courses in:

  • Plant Science
  • Farm Management
  • Marketing
  • Crop Chemicals
  • Farm Safety

We provide you with the tools to succeed in careers in the chemical, pesticide, and fertilizer industries. Many jobs for agronomists are based in research, management, academia, and consulting. 


110-Acre Mitchell Street Farm: Hands-on Learning

As a student you will have opportunities to work at our 110-acre Mitchell Street farm.

At the farm you can participate in agronomical research and forage production while gaining hands-on experience for agronomy and soils classes. You can build practical skills while working towards your degree!

The farm participates in a leasing program with John Deere to provide students with the opportunity to experience the current technology available in the area of agricultural equipment. You will learn by doing through such opportunities as assisting in agronomic field test plot research and helping with variety testing trials.

Meet Dr. Fanson Kidwaro

Dr. Kidwaro is the former Chair of the Department of  Biology and Agriculture at the University of Central Missouri. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Kidwaro served as the chair of the Department of Agriculture. In 2011, he was appointed to serve as interim chair of the Department of Biology and Earth Science. In 2013, Dr. Kidwaro became the chair of the department of Biology and Agriculture.

Dr. Kiwaro moved to the United States from Vihiga, Kenya in 1983, to attend college. Dr. Kidwaro received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from Truman State University, and continued his education at Central Missouri by earning a Master of Science Degree in Agronomy. He also holds a doctoral degree in Agronomy from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Kidwaro is currently conducting research in cereal and forage crops at the Prussing and Mitchell Street university farms. His research is focused on cropping systems management to improve sustainability and productivity for farmers in Mid-Missouri. He has started a corn and soybean variety testing program to expose Mid-Missouri farmers and students to new bio-technology in the agriculture industry. He is also engaged in switch grass research (a nonfood crop) for production of carbonized biomass and cellulosic ethanol.

Fanson Kidwaro
Grindstead 120E
Tel: (660)543-4908
Fax: (660)543-4933


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