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Ag Policy Class Visits Southern Tenant Farmers Union Museum

Ag Policy STFU visit

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!


J. Martin Soybean Promotion video 2019

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

Ark Women in Ag - A-State 2019

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!

FFA 2018 Hannah & Parents2 - National DegreeHannah Reynold pictured with her parents, Amy and James Reynolds.
FFA 2018 Brenna & Advisors2 - National DegreeBrenna 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.

Dale Farm Hay Blaer

Graduates ready for career advancement

Over the past 100 years, A-State has evolved from a regional school of agricultural instruction to a comprehensive university. The College of Agriculture has also evolved throughout the years. While education is still our primary mission, we also have extensive public outreach programming and research activities.

We prepare our graduates for entry and career advancement in the food, fiber, and natural resources industry, which involves production (farming), agribusiness and value-added processing, public service and rural leadership; and for entry and advancement in the manufacturing and industrial technology industries.

We offer both undergraduate and master’s degrees within the college, and we participate in doctoral education through the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences and Molecular Biosciences programs.

SAVE THE DATE for our 2020 Events!

ASWEC color logo

The 22nd Annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in the First National Bank Arena.

AGBus Logo 2020

The 26th Annual Agribusiness Conference will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in the Fowler Center and First National Bank Arena. To register and for more information, please visit the conference website HERE.

The Spring 2020 Bill & Alice Nix Petting Zoo will be held at he University Farm on Saturday, April 4th from 10:00am-2:00pm.

The 2020 Honors Banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 7th in Centennial Hall at 6:00pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you at all of these educational events!

Master's level research assistantship position available!

The College of Ag has a 24-month research assistantship position available beginning January 2020!

Please click here for the full announcement regarding Dr. Hashem's research assistantship position.

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Farmers' Market

ASU Farmers' Market

Saturday Market is open! From 7am - 1pm every Saturday through the end of October.

Tuesday Market will run June through August. From 12:30pm - 5:30pm

The A-State Regional Farmers' Market is a non-profit entity for the purpose of developing and operating a locally owned and operated farmers' market in Jonesboro and the surrounding area.

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Want A Job? Study Food and Agriculture

According to an article on the Forbes magazine website,

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts that over the next five years the annual demand for college graduates in agriculture and food industries will be 57,900 jobs per year. Unfortunately, American agricultural colleges  . . . will only be producing about 35,400 graduates per year."