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The wide-ranging subject matter of agronomy will prepare students for a career in nearly any sector of the industry. Agronomy graduates are highly sought after by companies in the agribusiness sector.
AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program. The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows students to get to know their instructors and fellow students and to build a network of personal and business contacts.
As well, the College's strong ties with industry and reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.
AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies. Students can join the Agricultural Students’ Association or an interest group such as the Stockmen and Rodeo Club, Range Team, Dairy Team, Canadian Agri-Marketing Association Student Chapter, Horticulture, Resource Management, or AgBizz Clubs.
Graduates are eligible to receive P.Ag. status for practise in the profession of agrology.
Grain and Livestock Marketing
A study of the Canadian grain and livestock marketing systems, procedures and institutions. Examines the price discovery methods used in grains and livestock marketing including: open (futures) market, marketing boards, teletype auctions, etc. Other topics include: the historical evolution of current marketing systems, marketing functions, government policy and regulation and market structure.
Field Diagnostic School
Introduces students to the art and science of field crop scouting. Through lecture and field training, students will become familiar with the techniques necessary to assess soil characteristics and variability, to identify and quantify crop pests (weeds, disease, insects) and herbicide injury/control symptoms, to identify plant nutrient deficiencies and symptoms of abiotic stresses and to suggest potential methods of remediation. Students will also discuss ethical behaviour and professionalism as it applies to field scouting and the practice of agrology.
Sustainable Crop Production
Components of sustainable crop production systems will be examined from an ecological perspective. Students will evaluate the sustainability of cropping systems and develop crop production systems with greater ecological and economic sustainability. Laboratories will teach techniques used in crop scouting and diagnostics.
Students with agronomy training are actively recruited in the job market finding positions locally, nationally and internationally in areas such as
- business management
- chemical and fertilizer sales and marketing
- agronomists, crop advisers
- grain marketing and transportation
- farm operators
Graduates with a B.S.A. degree are eligible to apply for the Professional Agrologist designation with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrology. Course work also provides them with the knowledge to become Certified Crop Advisors.
A BSA degree is also a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas such as business, communications, marketing, politics, education, journalism or law.
Graduates from these highly-regarded BSA programs also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally.