If you are like me, you might never have heard of an agronomist before. So I did some research. An agronomist works in the field of agriculture as a “crop doctor”. These scientists conduct experiments to increase the quality and production of crops. This is more than just biology. They need to know chemistry, economics, earth science, ecology, even genetics. They often have to be outdoors in all kinds of weather. Their hard work pays off in the food we eat and the organic clothing we wear.
Unfortunately, their hard work often goes unnoticed. Face it, most of us have no idea the extent of their job. Next time you need to get one of these hard working folks a special present, give them one of these great gifts for agronomists to let them know they are appreciated.
1. Emergency Weather Radio
Best gifts for agronomists
Where are most crops grown? Farms are usually located on open expanses of land like the great plains and the midwest. What else can you find there? Tornados. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about all the crazy weather during the last few years. Make sure they have fair warning with an emergency weather radio.
Also, phones aren’t just for chit chat. Many people use them for GPS, calculations, keeping records, and looking up information while on the job. Make sure their battery stays charged with a solar charger.
However, their jobs aren’t limited to daylight hours. Sometimes they have to look around in the dark. Make sure they are equipped with a rechargeable flashlight.
2. Leaf Kitchen Spoon
Kitchen gifts for agronomists
Do they like to cook? Get them some plant themed gadgets for the kitchen, like this leaf slotted spoon made to withstand high heat.
How about some ears of corn as salt & pepper shakers?
Another horticulture gift is a set of vegetable print kitchen towels. Nobody can have too many of these.
3. Carhartt Jacket
All weather gifts for agronomists
An insulated jacket will help them stay warm when they are stuck outdoors in less than ideal temperatures.
Make sure to give them a pair of waterproof boots with sturdy soles for good traction on muddy terrain. They will also benefit from a pair or two of all weather pants. All weather pants dry quickly so they aren’t stuck wearing soggy clothes all day.
4. Rain Gauge
Gift ideas for the agronomist home
Choose a professional rain gauge to use on the job or a decorative one for their backyard. This is a great way to share their career with loved ones at home, especially little ones who don’t understand what their parent does for a living.
Prevent carpets and floors from getting muddy from those caked on boots with a boot wiper to keep by the front door.
For agronomists that keep that golf turf up to par, give them a humorous golf cart clock.
5. Farm Cookbook
Gifts for agronomist hobbies
Everyone in the family can benefit from their scientific expertise by eating the fruits of their labor. With tons of recipes filled with farm fresh ingredients everyone will find a healthy meal that will soon become their favorite.
Or give them a hydroponic garden to use their green thumb at home. You can get kits for growing herbs, vegetables, or flowers. This is a great way to have farm fresh ingredients on hand for all those delicious recipes.
If they are a fungi, they may like a mushroom growing kit. There are several varieties to choose from. Did you know that mushrooms are a great source of protein and antioxidants?
6. Waterproof Dry Box
Useful gift ideas for agronomists
If you are looking for a helpful gift for the job, try a waterproof dry box. Everyone needs a place to keep their gear. This will protect their instruments from being damaged by the weather.
Agronomists often work at remote locations. This makes meals difficult. They can’t count on fast food restaurants or GrubHub while at work. An insulated lunch box will keep their lunch and snacks fresh throughout the day. Some even come with a water bottle. They need to stay hydrated too, especially during the hot summer months.
A copy of the latest Farmer’s Almanac will provide helpful info and tips to use throughout the year. This periodical has stood the test of time and has been around since George Washington started it back in the late 1700s.
Agronomist themed family fun
Switch up game night with this farm version of this American classic.
Parents and children can bond while building a plant Lego. There are many options to choose from. They may want to collect them all and put them on display.
For outdoor recreation try outdoor golf. This is a great pastime during family bbqs or neighborhood get-togethers. The whole family can enjoy this simple golf themed version of cornhole.