Established in 1995, the ASU Agribusiness Conference provides current information on the trends and issues which are affecting agriculture. The conference annually attracts over five hundred guests from five states, and its programs have featured over 115 agricultural and business speakers, including American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman, former Secretaries of Agriculture Earl Butz and Dan Glickman, and ABC News correspondent John Stossel. Nationally syndicated farm broadcasters Orion Samuelson, Al Pell, and Ken Root have also appeared on the program.
Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference
The goal of the Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference is to educate farmers, producers, consultants, policy makers, students, and others with a vested interest in soil and water management about current issues and management practices in the area of soil and water management and conservation. This 1 day conference is appropriate for farmers, agriculture/crop consultants, environmental scientists and activists, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) workers, government officials, and students.
The conference is held every January on the ASU campus. Registration is typically $20 per person.
Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo
In the Fall of 2006, the College of Agriculture began a free petting zoo on our farm at our beef barn facility. What began as a once per year event has now become seasonal staple of our community. The petting zoo was created to allow for more interaction between our small visitors and a larger assortment of animals.
New Ground Classic Golf Tournament
The New Ground Golf Tournament continues to be the major fundraiser for the College of Agriculture each year. Begun in 2004 and played each spring at Sage Meadows in Jonesboro, the New Ground Tournament raises money for the Dean’s Discretionary Fund. The Discretionary Fund is the primary support for important student educational activities outside the classroom. Student field trips and student participation in annual conferences are funded directly from the proceeds of the New Ground Golf Tournament.
The tournament is a 4-person scramble. Individuals or teams may sign up to play, and organizations may sponsor at the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Levels. A $10,000 grand prize for a hole-in-one has been offered every year, and while no one had won that prize yet, lesser prizes are taken home by skilled teams each spring.
If you are interested in learning more about the New Ground Golf Tournament, please contact the Dean’s office at 972-2085.
New Ground Newsletter
New Ground, the official newsletter of the College of Agriculture and Technology since 2006, is written by current students of the college. We had so much to say that we recently expanded it from 6 pages to 8 pages and we still feel we’re a bit short on space! Each issue features a special message from the Dean, articles about college events, a calendar of important dates, and news about featured alumni. The newsletter is free and released at the end of each semester. If you would like to be put on the mailing list or have the newsletter emailed to you, please email your information to Dr. Greg Phillips.
If you have news regarding an alumnus that we may be unaware of, please share the details with us and we’ll try to incorporate it into an upcoming issue. Keep in touch with New Ground!
If you are an alumnus of our college, please make sure we have your current contact information. Feel free to email us your story, latest news, or request to be signed up for our New Grounds Newsletter.