The Agricultural Executive Council’s Officer Team kicked off Winter Term by taking a weekend to Hatfield Marine Science Center to have their Winter Officer Retreat. During this retreat, the officer team devoted the day to Constitution revisions, Winter Term planning, and officer bonding. While goals were made in the morning, the afternoon was spent ‘sea-horsing’ around in the science center, and the day finished off with adventures on the beach and downtown.
A few weeks later, we hosted our annual Ethics Panel, with panelists Dr. Rob Gaebel, Katie Fast, and Karen Samek. During this panel, our guests were prompted with questions about pressing issues in the Agricultural Industry. These panelists did an excellent job showcasing professional skills while answering ethical questions and interacting with opposing views. Council members reported that they thoroughly enjoyed having such experienced and well-presented speakers interacting inclusively with the council members.
Later in the term, the officer team hosted the annual College of Agricultural Sciences Country Western Dance. Hosted by the Country Western Dance Club and catered by the Meat Science Club, guests were asked to donate canned food as an entrance fee for this event. With all the canned food donated, the Agricultural Executive Council was able to donate around 500 cans of food to the OSU Food Bank. Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility was rockin’ with all of the dancing, while clubs within the council had the opportunity to enter a centerpiece into our centerpiece contest. 1st place went to Food and Fermentation Science Club, 2nd place went to Horticulture Club, and 3rd place went to Agricultural Education Club.
Monthly council meetings this term went very smoothly as well. With guest speakers from Northwest Farm Credit Services, Experiential Learning Coordinator Dr. Katie Gaebel, and Leadership Academy Director Kellie Strawn, council members learned about upcoming College of Agricultural Sciences events and opportunities as well as scholarship information. Many clubs presented their club spotlights to share what clubs have been up to.
Currently, the council is gearing up for the Southwest Agriculture Industry Tour; otherwise know as the SWAG Tour. Running from April 24-26, students will be experiencing many different aspects of the Agricultural Industry, as well as speaking with industry leaders. Following not long after, Ag Days will kick off in the first week of May. Clubs will be able to showcase their activities and recruit members in the quad, students will be able to participate in a debate, and public speakers from Monsanto will be joining us for this event along with many other agenda items. Feel free to come check out Ag Days, and get your picture taken with a tractor or maybe even a baby cow!