Learning to improve efficiency and stewardship practices in growing crops is the main goal of CPSC 418, Crop Growth and Management. Topics range from the physiology of corn, soybeans, and wheat to management practices for producing the best crops. Students learn to integrate research, technology, and geography to make recommendations to farmers on improving factors including soil fertility,
A World with Abundant Food
The College of ACES influences the world’s systems for growing and distributing food in many ways. From innovations in plant and animal production to safe, nutritious, economical meals for consumers, ACES is tackling hunger, the most basic of human needs.
Our scientists, educators, and students reach around the globe to understand and address poverty and food security for populations at risk. They also add value to food here at home through solutions that work. Discoveries made in ACES lead to new traits in the world’s most important food crops and animal species. Innovative strategies protect food supplies from pests, diseases, and other losses.
Scientists are also discovering ways to customize nutritional approaches to meet individual needs. Professors in economic and business disciplines delve deep into the workings of prices, market structures, and public policies. Other faculty investigate how families make decisions about food and how to encourage the development of healthy children.
Knowledge is increased and lessons are learned all over the world by students, partners and clientele of ACES, leading to new solutions for problems like food security and poverty, while creating value for people through food system innovations.
Dr. Sam Wortman is developing innovative strategies for producing safe, nutritious food in and around urban areas. His research focuses on improving the economic and environmental sustainability of urban food production systems that minimize farmer and consumer exposure to potential contaminants, like heavy metals. In addition, he is investigating novel strategies for protecting food crops from weeds, including the use of cover crops and air-propelled abrasive grits.