The College of Agricultural Sciences

Soil and Crop Sciences


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    The Cancer Prevention Properties of Beans

    Portrait of Mark Brick

    Mark Brick and Henry Thompson recently received a grant from the National Cancer Institute to study and isolate the compounds responsible for protection against cancer.

  • Contractor Storm â¤?N The Rockies removes dead beetle kill lodgepole pine with a John Deere grapple skidder, October 18, 2012 as a part of the YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch eight acre fuels reduction project in the Colorado State Forest Granby District.

    USDA grant to convert beetle-killed trees into biofuel


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it has awarded nearly $10 million to an academic, industry, and government consortium led by Colorado State University to study the major challenges limiting the use of insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. The award was made by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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    New tool for tracking surfactants used in hydraulic fracturing

    Portrait of Thomas Borch

    Soil and Crop Sciences Professor Thomas Borch is part of a team that has developed an analytical technique and database to identify whether chemical compounds called surfactants originated from hydraulic fracturing or other sources such as wastewater treatment plants.


About the Department


Soil and Crop Sciences can prepare  you for a challenging career in many areas including:soil and crop management,  plant breeding and genetics, seed science, environmental soil science, soil resources  and conservation, and ecosystem management.   Other exciting areas include organic agriculture, water science/irrigation  and beneficial use of waste products.  A  primary concern to all soil and crop scientists is the protection of our  natural resources.  The Soil and Crop  Sciences program places special emphasis on establishing career skills,  involvement in research and extension activities, hands-on experience and a  fundamental understanding of basic sciences.