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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


Spring Petting Zoo!

The Bill & Alice Nix Petting Zoo is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th at the A-State Farm!
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To volunteer or for more details contact Abigail Jorgenson at:
870-972-3221 or ajorgenson@astate.edu


Students Participate in the the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

Pictured with the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. Tim Burcham, after their Farm Bureau Discussion Meet are Kaitlin Reinhart, junior majoring in Animal Science, and Jenna Martin, senior majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in Strategic Communications from Hickory Ridge, Arkansas (Cross County). She serves as the A-State Collegiate Farm Bureau Club President and also serves as a board member of Cross County Farm Bureau.

V2 Jenna Martin & Kaitlin Reinhart Dec. 2018 Farm Bureau Discussion Meet


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.


Dr. Elizabeth Hood awarded with Woman of the Year

Dr. Elizabeth Hood has been selected by Business & Professional Women at Arkansas State University (BPW at A-State) as one of two women to be honored as Women of the Year. Please help us congratulate Dr. Hood on this prestigious award!

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Agricultural Policy Class Visits Southern Tenant Farmers Museum

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Professor Bert Greenwalt and 32 students from the A-State Agricultural Policy class toured the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU) Museum in Tyronza, AR on September 18, 2018. 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.  Museum Director Linda Hinton also made a presentation about 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/.


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


Soil Health Research Group Tours Arkansas Delta Farms

Pictured at Carwell Farms in Cherry Valley, part of the soil health research group tour discusses research needs with Bill and Brett Carwell. Folks from A-State, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, UofA Fayetteville, and UofA Extension were all part of the tour group. Other farmers visited were: Ellis Bell in Forrest City, Mikey Taylor in Helena, Adam Chappell in Cotton Plant, Robby Beavis in Lonoke, Steve Stevens in Dumas.

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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 and Technology 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.

Horticulture Plant Sale Thursday, May 2nd!

The next Horticulture Plant Sale will be held on Thursday, May 2nd from 11am-2pm in the glass greenhouses south of the Ag building.

Cash & checks only please!


Farmers' Market

ASU Farmers' Market

Saturday Market starts May 4th! Open from 7am - 1pm every Saturday through the end of October.

Tuesday Market will start in June and run through August.

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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Master's level research assistantship positions available!

The College of Ag has two research assistantship 24-month positions available beginning July 1, 2019!

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

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


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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."