The Department of Agronomy at the Faculty of Agriculture has been a pioneer in the field and has made remarkable progress during the four decades of its scientific activity in both the functional and scientific aspects of Agronomy Sciences. During the first decade of its establishment, this department managed to publish numerous scientific books and research articles on agronomy in dry regions and dryland farming. During the second decade of its establishment, it held the very first congress on agronomy in Iran, and published scientific resources in relation to Sustainable Agriculture, and compiled courses for the doctoral and master’s programs in Weed Science for the first time during its third decade. Finally, during its fourth decade, the department has also been engaged in activities involved with teaching courses in new graduate programs in Agronomy, Physiology and Agroecology in addition to focusing on functional research on special agronomic crops.
As of this writing (September 2014), this department consists of 19 faculty members, six Full Professors, 106 bachelor’s students, 75 master’s students and 151 doctoral students. The Center for Excellence in Special Crops and the Focal Point for Organic Agriculture in Iran (Focal Point for Science & Industry Coordination of Organic Agriculture in Iran)[A1] is one of the centers related to this department. Since its founding, the Department of Agronomy has had a total of 863 graduates in its bachelor’s program, 285 graduates in the master’s programs and 104 graduates in the doctoral programs, many of whom are currently employed in the country’s universities or are employed in different managerial levels in the agriculture sector.
This department’s outlook on crop production is based on region-friendly production and environmentalism, while creating an all-around and consolidated attitude toward agricultural production. Therefore, this department is striving to encourage interdisciplinary teaching in the department and to teach aspects of Agronomy which are based on maintaining basic resources, and thus increase competence in the employment of environmental protection. Regional changes and global warming will be the axes of this department’s educational and research activities in the future. Without a doubt, this department is one of the main cornerstones of the Faculty of Agriculture and many of the current departments owe their existence to the Department of Agronomy. The department hopes to revolutionize agricultural education in this faculty and the country through its inter-disciplinary approach to teaching and its resulting majors.