The Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences is actively engaged in research, extension, teaching and outreach to resolve the critical agricultural issues that impact the people of Michigan, the United States and the World.

For more information see our mission statement.

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''The outlook for Agriculture related Job Opportunities and salaries is one of the few bright spots of the current economy.  A 2014 survey of 17 U.S. Universities shows respectable average salaries for the following fields: 

Agricultural Technology $51,830
Agronomy    $45,986
Agricultural Business  $45,407
Food Science   $43,996

With a placement rate of 100%, our graduates are highly marketable due to our rigorous academic programs and internships where students develop knowledge, skills and abilities that translate into success. 


  • MSU fruit tree and landscape courses open for off-campus fall enrollment

    The Michigan State University (MSU) Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) has been conducting practical plant, animal and technology certificate courses on its East Lansing campus for more than 100 years.

    Commercial horticulture programs focused on fruit, vegetable, greenhouse production and ornamentals are attracting students to Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. In addition to local access to MSU academic programs serving agriculture, the community college collaboration enables students to earn an associate’s degree through supplemental coursework.

  • MSU professor recognized with achievement award in Greece

    MSU professor recognized with achievement award in Greece

    Long-time Michigan State University (MSU) professor James D. Kelly received the Legume Innovation Lab’s Meritorious Achievement Award last month at the lab’s 2014 Global Meeting, “Improving Agriculture and Nutrition through Grain Legumes,” in Athens, Greece. Presented by the chair of the Legume Innovation Lab’s Technical Management Advisory Committee Julia Kornegay, the award is the highest honor given to Legume Innovation Lab researchers.

  • Dale Mutch awarded Sustainable Agriculture Hero Award

    Dale Mutch awarded Sustainable Agriculture Hero Award

    Dale Mutch has been selected by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) to be a 2014 NCR-SARE Hero. This recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions and impact made in the field of sustainable agriculture by those who have made lasting impacts to sustainability in the North Central Region and beyond.

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