Soils form the dynamic, vibrant skin of our Earth’s surface. We rely on this hidden, and often neglected, non-renewable natural resource for producing food and fiber, to create bio-energy, and to filter and store our water. These essential activities suffer when soils degrade through erosion, compaction, lowered fertility, and contamination – problems which continue to be a serious concern in the United States and internationally.
Understanding of soils is essential to developing agricultural and natural resource sustainability, and protecting environmental quality. By studying and gaining knowledge about soils and land use, agronomists help to conserve this precious natural resource for future generations and a healthier Earth. An agronomist is a "keeper of the land".