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Agronomy for Me! Grades 5-8

What’s Agronomy?  Agrono-What?

Even if you don't know exactly what agronomy is, you live with it every day! The science of agronomy brings the research of plants and soils together into one field.  Soil is the substance that plants grow in (you might know it as dirt!) Scientists who study agronomy are called agronomists. Agronomists are interested in learning about soils and the plants that live in them so that we will have food to eat as well as a clean environment that will last forever.  From the milk you drink to the vegetables you eat, from the ethanol-based gas in your car to the grains used to feed chicken and cattle, and from the grass on the soccer field to the natural fibers of the clothing you wear and the medicines you consume, all are products of agronomy.  Agronomy Feeds the World!

Humanity Against Hunger – The Challenge Awaits You – Play The Game!  Students take a virtual journey to Africa, in which they become a volunteer to help end the famine caused by soil nutrient depletion. Developed by the Nutrients for Life foundation.

Detective Leplant and his partners, Bud and Sprout, need your help to unlock the mysteries of soil and plant life in The Great Plant Escape from the University of Illinois Extension.  It’s in Spanish too!

Kids with ShovelsSoils 4 Kids – Play fun soil games! Experiment with Soil! Learn why soil isn’t dirt!  And more!

My American Farm - Fun online games for K-5 – for both the classroom and families.  Brought to you by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

Boy Scouts!

Did you know there is a Soil and Water Conservation badge?  Learn more about the badge on the Boy Scouts of America page.

Kids Zone - USDA Agriculture in the Classroom - Check out this fun site with science projects, virtual tours, test your Ag-Knowledge, learn about farm & fun food, and check out cool facts about your state!Seed Packets

Want to grow your own fruit/vegetables?

 We have seeds available for you!  Just contact us at with your name and address and the number of packets you would like (be sure to get your parents' permission). Don't worry, we don't put your name in any database or use it to contact you after sending the seeds. Note to teachers - if you are interested in larger quantities, please feel free to contact us as well.

Edamame - Glycine max 
Pumpkin - Cucurbita pepo
Pea - Pisum sativum
Lettuce - Lactuca sativa
Carrot -
Daucus carota
Cucumber - Cucumis sativus