what are the responsibilities and job duties of an agronomist and where do they usually perform their job?
An agronomist is a field/soils/crop manager. “Agro-” comes from the same Greek source as the word “acre.” “-nomy,” also Greek in origin, means “management.”
This wide ranging field of study can include everything from soil improvements to hybrid plant development all aimed at the same goal: crop management with the most efficient and environmentally sound production.
The jobs available to an agronomist are wide ranging as well. Employment can be found in crop consulting, farm management, seed research and fertilizer marketing. Government positions for agronomists can also be found with the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
As the modern push to abandon fossil fuels increases, the demand for agronomists may increase as well. One popular alternative to fossil fuel is corn-based ethanol; a renewable resource.