Ag Policy Class Visits Southern Tenant Farmers Union Museum
Professors GwanSeon Kim, Bert Greenwalt, and Tina Teague led 28 students from the A-State Agricultural Policy class on a tour of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU) Museum in Tyronza, AR on September 24, 2019. The STFU was organized in Tyronza in 1934 in response to the economic hardships of the Great Depression. By 1938 the STFU had grown to over 35,000 members and had moved its headquarters to Memphis. As an integrated organization in which women played a prominent role, the STFU provided an example for the post-WWII civil rights and women's movements. In addition to a presentation on the history of the STFU, museum Director Aimie Taylor also discussed the Dyess Colony, which was established in Mississippi County by the Federal Government to help dispossessed farmers during the Great Depression. The Dyess Colony was the boyhood home of Johnny Cash and is part of the ASU Heritage Sites program. More information on the STFU and the Dyess Colony is available at http://stfm.astate.edu/ and http://dyesscash.astate.edu/.
Sigma Alpha Initiates new Membership Candidates!
The Gamma Epsilon chapter of Sigma Alpha on the A-State campus initiated the new membership candidates for their upcoming Alpha Class on September 8, 2019! The sorority was brought to campus by the founding class members last Spring, 2019. These Sisters in Agriculture brought a much needed fellowship to the College of Ag! The first couple weeks of Fall semester, the active members held their fun recruitment events and Bid Day, welcoming in new recruits.
Pictured front row, from left to right, active members: Mollie Martin, Sierra Bright, Hayli Fendley, Morgan Widick, Rebecca Chandler, Ambrynne Ward, Megan Bright and Brenna Cannon. Pictured back row, from left to right, membership candidates: Shianne Rients, Emily Rowe, Caitlin Watts, Ricki Gilbert, Destany Lovell, Taylor Richards, Courtney Smith, Marilee Elliott, Amelia Counts.
Congratulations, candidates! We wish you the best as you study towards making it to official activation as part of the Alpha Class!
Jenna Martin featured in Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board video
Jenna Martin is featured in the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board video series Field to Film: Career Snapshots. We are so proud of Jenna and congratulate her as she graduates this spring. We will miss your bright and spirited energy around the College of Ag, Jenna! Congratulations!
CoA's Dr. Aaron Shew featured in Chancellor's First Friday video
In May's First Friday, Dr. Aaron Shew, the inaugural R.E.L. Wilson Chair of Agricultural Economics, joins Chancellor Kelly Damphousse to talk about his research in getting food from farm to fork as efficient as possible. Check it out by clicking on this link: https://vimeo.com/333559374
A-State students attend Arkansas Women in Agriculture convention
Seven students represented the A-State College of Agriculture at the Arkansas Women in Agriculture (AWIA) convention in North Little Rock on March 12-13, 2019. Brenna Cannon and Callie Wisdom served as volunteer assistants for the conference. Victoria Davis, Samantha Davis, Halie Fendley, Morgan Seymore, and Morgan Widick attended program sessions on topics including team building, ag careers, social media, food safety, and estate planning. Brenna was awarded an AWIA scholarship and Callie ran for a student position on the AWIA board of directors. The trip was funded by the A-State Agribusiness Club and the L.E. Brinkley Endowment for Student Development.
(pictured, left to right) Brenna Cannon, Samantha Davis, Victoria Davis, Callie Wisdom, Morgan Seymore, Morgan Widick, Hayli Fendley
Two A-State Students Awarded with prestigious FFA American Degree at National Convention!
The week of October 22-27th more than 67,000 FFA members and over 400 exhibiting companies gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo. Each year members gather to wrap up a hard year of work. Some students in college return to convention to receive the highest honor and FFA member can receive, the American FFA Degree. Hannah Reynolds, a Sophomore majoring in Ag Education from the Sikeston FFA chapter in Missouri, and Brenna Cannon, Past Arkansas FFA State Vice President and a Sophomore double majoring in Plant and Soil Science and Ag Business from the Mountain Home FFA chapter, were two of the 4,255 members to receive their American Degree on Saturday, October 27th. The American FFA Degree is awarded each year to less than one percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization's highest honors. Congrats, ladies! We are all so very proud of you!
Hannah Reynold pictured with her parents, Amy and James Reynolds.
Brenna Cannon pictured with her Ag teacher from Jr. High, Jacquie Albright, and her High School Ag teacher, Josh Baker.
Baling Hay on the Farm
Pictured running A-State Farm's baler, Dale McClelland gets the job done on a hot Arkansas day during last week in June, getting our hay ready to use on the farm and sell to our community.