Every year, the Agricultural Executive council sponsors a bus tour to a region in Oregon so students can visit various agricultural businesses. This year, the students traveled to the area around Medford and visited Del Rio Vineyards and Winery, Crater Animal Clinic, Gary West Smoked Meats, Harry and David, Rogue Creamery, Lillie Belle Farms’ chocolate factory, the tasting room for Daisy Creek and Madrone Mountain wine, the Grange Co-op, Ashland Greenhouses and OSU’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center.
To see photos from the industry tour please follow the link below.
On April 20th, The Oregon State University Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho is excited to hosts its annual “Alpha Gamma Rhodeo” philanthropy, which benefits Heifer International. Alpha Gamma Rhodeo is an Agricultural Olympics styled competition with individual events including a Swing Dancing competition, pedal tractor race, and milk chugging contest, among others. New this year, sororities are allowed to nominate one of their members to apply and run for the position of “Rhodeo Queen,” who will be crowned the night of the Rhodeo and featured on the Alpha Gamma Rho composite the following year. If you are interested in participating or looking for more information, please contact Chris Ottoboni at 415.517.4438.
All proceeds will be lumped into a donation to Heifer International, which is a “worldwide organization whose main goal is to end starvation in third world countries. Heifer International gives families a source of long-term sustainable agriculture through gifts of livestock and knowledge.” Last year the event raised over $2000 dollars, and we hope to raise even more this year. Alpha Gamma Rho is a proud supporter of Heifer International in their pursuits of teaching the less fortunate how to sustainably and productively use livestock. For more information: http://www.heifer.org/
Alpha Gamma Rho is a nationwide fraternity with the purpose “To make better men, and through them, a broader and better agriculture.” The local chapter is proud to be active in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Greek Community with young men in leadership positions within the College and various clubs. For more information: http://www.agrsatoregonstate.com/
The Food Drive at Oregon State University has been a long successful tradition that occurs every February. The event brings the entire student body together to help feed the hungry and support the Linn-Benton food Share. This year, club members from the College of Agricultural Sciences joined together raising over 200 pounds of food for the cause!
Every Thursday (all summer too!) the Organic Growers Club will meet at 4:30-dark at their farm for work parties, free dinner will be provided. Anyone interested can request to join their list serve to receive notices on bike convoys and information about their weekly veggie sales, which are held on Fridays from 8-5.
The Organic Growers Club will also be hosting a huge event at their farm on Earth Day (April 22nd)! Busses will be available to transport students from campus to the farm, as there is limited parking available. As always, bikes are encouraged! There will be numerous activities to participate in including; the planting of 10,000 onion starts, farming demonstrations, live music, FREE food and a small farm petting zoo with goats, alpacas, baby chickens, ducks and geese. Children are welcome, however the club requests that dogs stay at home.