Agronomy is the science of utilizing plants for food, fuel, feed, and fiber. 4-H projects in agronomy can explore the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, soil science and even the weather! Agronomy is really cool because it combines sciences like biology, chemistry, ecology, earth science, and genetics. As a career choice, Agronomists help in producing food, creating healthier food, managing environmental impacts, and creating energy from plants. Just imagine, you might invent a fuel for our cars.

Resources for all levels



AG982 Field Crops 1

  • Discover the world of farming
  • Learn how plants grow
  • Learn the value and uses of field crops


AG983 Field Crops 2

  • Take a soil sample
  • Learn about the products made from field crops
  • Decide what crops to grow and at what time


AG984 Field Crops 3

  • Learn about integrated crop management
  • Discover hybrid selection
  • Find out more about harvesting and marketing crops


Missouri 4-H Crop Scouting

An event geared toward increasing knowledge of common Missouri crops, raising awareness of careers in agronomy, and fostering a learning environment that creates wise consumers of agronomic knowledge and products.


State Fair

4-H exhibits and competitions are part of the fun of the Missouri State Fair. You won't want to miss this special event; visit the 4-H building to see the projects of our 4-H youth or catch the judging competitions. Whatever your niche, there is something for everyone. Bring the family! The Missouri State Fair is located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 65, and less than 20 miles south of I-70, Sedalia is roughly an hour from Kansas City, Columbia and Jefferson City.