Laramie, WY (AP) - The University of Wyoming recently marked 20 years in offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in agroecology.
The program combines agronomy and ecology, and focuses on the dynamic picture of today's agriculture, including plant and crop production, soil science and the link between agriculture and society.
Associate professor Robin Groose, of the Department of Plant Sciences, says UW was the first land-grant university to institute an agroecology undergraduate major.
Other large universities have followed since.
Groose estimates 34 of the 50 land-grant universities now have agroecology as a major or minor, or program.
Groose says agroecology continues adapting to agricultural concerns and issues using the combination of the Department of Plant Sciences and Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Both are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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