Illinois State Department of Agriculture offers students many opportunities outside the classroom. Students participate in nationally ranked registered student organizations, obtain real-world experience through internship opportunities, and interact with students from all over campus.
Ag Science Club has a focus on agricultural sciences, agronomy, and other subjects in the ag industry. All majors are welcome to join. Members participate in various community service events including ag and non-ag related event, fundraising, and educational events. Each year, members have the opportunity to join the American Society of Agronomy and attend the annual meeting in the fall. Members that attend the annual meeting can compete in various events from crops judging to speech contest against other students in SASES. The next annual conference is October 22-25, 2017, in Tampa, Florida.
Advisors: Dr. Kenneth Smickilas and Dr. Clay RobinsonVisit Ag Science Club's Facebook Group
The Agriculture Ambassadors are a prestigious registered student organization through the Department of Agriculture. An Agriculture Ambassador must meet the following requirements each semester to remain active as an Agriculture Ambassador: maintain a 3.0 GPA, attend three recruiting/advising events per semester, recruit at your hometown community college or high school once per year, and attend two of four monthly meetings. Agriculture Ambassadors will also attend leadership activities/seminars, do fundraising, and promote the department outside of their outlined duties.
Advisor: Katelynn Clement
Illinois State University’s Collegiate FFA/PAS has many activities and events they participate in. Our events revolve around leadership activities, volunteering, fundraising, and much more. Collegiate FFA offers the opportunity to meet new people and experience new and exciting activities. Some activities our RSO does throughout the year includes attending State and National FFA Convention, attending PAS Fall and Spring Conference, homecoming decorating, volunteering with local FFA chapters, and much more!
Meetings: Twice a month, every other Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Ropp 106.
Advisor: Dr. Dick Steffen
Illinois State University Collegiate Farm Bureau is one of the Illinois Farm Bureau’s collegiate chapters in Illinois. Collegiate Farm Bureau engages students in educational, leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities while connecting students with the Illinois Farm Bureau. With connections to Illinois Farm Bureau, students keep up to date with the latest in the agriculture industry, from technology to policy updates. Students are invited to numerous professional development conferences including the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago, the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders Conference in Peoria, and the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference, which moves each year.Visit ISU Collegiate Farm Bureau's Facebook Page
The Hoof N’ Horn Club at Illinois State is open to students of any major with an interest in animal agriculture. Members will be involved in all aspects of livestock production through various club activities. Membership in the Hoof N’ Horn Club will also provide students with the opportunity to network with livestock industry professionals and students that may have similar interests.
Advisor: Cori MaloneVisit Hoof N' Horn Club's Facebook Page
The Horticulture Club is dedicated to expanding student’s horticultural knowledge beyond the classroom. Through conferences, national competitions, and guest speakers from the Bloomington-Normal community, the Horticulture Club is able to allow each student to grow professionally while also gaining lasting friendships within the Department of Agriculture.
Meetings: Every other Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Ropp 106.
Advisors: Dr. Dave Kopsell and Nick PersheyVisit Horticulture Club's Facebook Group
The Indy-pendence Service Dog Organization provide opportunities for our members to train and work with service dogs from early initial training through placement with the individuals with disabilities. Additionally, we educate the student body as well as the community at large on the training, use, and rights of service dogs.
Advisor: Dr. Kim RhykerdVisit Indy-pendence Service Dog Organization's Facebook Page
The Trap and Skeet Club educates Illinois State students, faculty, and staff of the fundamentals of trap and skeet and participate in state and national contests.
Advisor: Dr. Rob RhykerdVisit Trap and Skeet Club's Facebook Page
MANRRS promotes the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities and pledges to work for the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences. Benefits include networking for internships and employment, leadership and community service opportunities, participation in conferences and workshops, and exclusive scholarships.
Meetings: Twice a month on Thursdays at 5 p.m. in Ropp 111.
ISU NAMA provides members opportunities to network with a wide range of agribusiness professionals. Each year student members are involved in a marketing plan competition at the National Agri- Marketing Conference. ISU NAMA has been award the National Outstanding Chapter Award five out of the last six years. Contact Dr. Aslihan Spaulding for more information.Visit Nama's Facebook Page
Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority dedicated to the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. We are an associate member of the Panhellenic Greek Council, where we work with the other Greek organizations on campus with various philanthropic and leadership activities. Sigma Alpha’s philanthropy is Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC), which is an organization that provides the materials to teach K-6 students with knowledge of basic agriculture. To support AITC, we put on a basket auction every spring to raise money. Our sorority rushes in the fall semester, and you don’t have to be an agriculture major to join. You only have to have a passion for agriculture.Visit Sigma Alpha's Facebook Page
We are an honorary agricultural fraternity. You have to be selected, based on your GPA, to be able to join Alpha Zeta. Throughout the year we have many service projects that we do. All of our members are required to do at least one service projects each semester. Some examples of service projects that we have done are picking up trash at the University Farm, Adopting a Soldier, helping with landscape at Ewing Manor, Center for Hope Food Pantry, and handing out hot dogs to the farmers at the grain elevator. We also host the Mr. Ag pageant in the spring, when each club in the ag department nominates one student to represent them on stage. We also do an appreciation breakfast for staff at the end of spring semester.
Advisor: Dr. Michelle Kibler
We are a social fraternity, but we are not strictly agriculturally based. We select members through recruitment events. You must be a student enrolled at Illinois State at least part- time, with an accumulative GPA of 2.5. (If you are a freshman, this does not apply.) We look for members who would like to build their professional skills along with a desire for leadership in the community. FarmHouse looks to support the community through philanthropy towards To Be a Match Foundation and community service.
Advisor: Dr. Richard SteffenVisit ISU Farm House Facebook Page
Alpha Gamma Rho is a social professional agriculture based fraternity at Illinois State University. Our motto is “To Make Better Men." To become a member of Alpha Gamma Rho you have to have a cumulative average GPA of a 2.5 or be an incoming freshman. Throughout the semester we complete service hours and host philanthropy events to benefit St. Jude such as mud volleyball in the spring and our annual hog roast in the fall.
Advisor: Dr. Michael BarrowcloughVisit Alpha Gamma Rho's Facebook Page