Featured post

Welcome Back!


Hey Oregon State Students and Staff!

Our annual College of Agricultural Sciences Ice Cream Social kicked off our fall term with 29 clubs in attendance! And whether we were ready or not, we’re back in full motion and it ‘s our first Monday of the term. So for my sake (and maybe yours too) I wanna flashback to spring term and reminisce a little on this unforgettable summer.

I wasn’t quite ready to jump right back into school, so I reached out to my teammates for one last taste of sweet summertime and I want to share it with you! Here’s a little bit of what we were each up to this summer:

In the Spring, we elected a new Agricultural Executive Council Officer Team, almost an entirely new team aside from our president Trinity Shodin. Trinity is entering her Junior year as an Agricultural Sciences student. She spent her summer working and hanging out with friends–holding down the fort for us here in Corvallis.

I’m sure many of you know our Vice President, Ben Rietmann, from his endless involvement throughout the university. He’s a double major in Agricultural Science and Agricultural Business Management entering his junior year at the university. The highlight of Ben’s summer was spending two weeks traveling through England, Italy, and Switzerland. He says, “it was amazing to see famous places in these countries and to meet new and interesting people.”

Agricultural Science and Education sophomore, Monica Debord, was elected our Director of Correspondence. Monica’s summer highlight was going to Crater Lake with her mom, younger brother and exchange student from Norway. While they were there she was able to jump into the lake twice and swim a little bit. She said it was very cold but worth it because of the thrill and excitement she got from it.

August Peterson is spending his junior year serving as our Director of Finance. He majors in both Agricultural Science and Political Science so he may come off as a man all about business, but don’t be fooled he spent most his summer outdoors! August camped in the Willamette National Forest and spent several days hiking and enjoying the beauty our state has to offer, including the swimming area, Three Pools, which was very cold, but of course absolutely spectacular.

Animal Science major, Kayla Rushing, is the second sophomore on our team serving as the Director of Public Relations. Kayla had a few of her childhood dreams come true this summer with having the opportunity to attend the Oregon Jamboree and watch her favorite country music artist, Toby Keith, perform live!

Scott Jacobson, fourth-year Agricultural Science major and Director of Ag Days, had a summer full of active energy! His summer highlights were visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as watching California Chrome race and win in the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Pacific Classic race.

Our Advisor this year is Dr. Katie Gaebel. She spent two weeks in Utah this summer learning first-hand about experiential learning; one of the weeks was at an Experiential Learning conference, where she went on outings in Bryce and Zion National Parks. The second week was spent with her husband hiking and photographing in all five national parks in Utah (Bryce, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef).

Lastly, I’m Meg Marchand. Senior Agricultural Science student on the Agricultural Education track. In the Spring, I was elected the Agricultural Executive Council’s Director of New Fields. This past summer I had the opportunity to travel outside of the United States for the very first time for an international internship in the Netherlands. It truly was a growing and learning experience of a lifetime.

Our summers were eventful to say the least! And maybe we weren’t quite ready for classes to start back up again, but nonetheless, the Agricultural Executive Council is excited for another fun and successful year.

We hope to see you at our first Agricultural Executive Council meeting on October 5th at 7pm in Weniger 151 ! (:

Leave us a comment below; we’d love to hear about your summer and excitement for this upcoming school year!


Ag Exec 101

What is “Ag Exec?”

Ag Exec is the shorthand for Agricultural Executive Council. The Agricultural Executive Council serves as the governing body for the students and clubs within the College of Agricultural Sciences.

What does the council do exactly?

The council is comprised of 20+ agricultural clubs and organizations at Oregon State University. Throughout the year, the council hosts a number of professional and personal development events to help prepare students for leadership, internship, and career opportunities. As a council, we hold true to the agriculture way of life with values of integrity, responsibility, dedication and passion. The Agricultural Executive Council brings a unity to one of the most diverse colleges at Oregon State; priding itself on preparing and introducing top students to the many opportunities within agriculture, forestry and natural resources!

Are there officers? Who are they?

Yes. We have seven officers:

  1. President: Trinity Shodin
  2. Vice President: Ben Rietmann
  3. Director of Correspondence: Monica Debord
  4. Director of Finance: August Peterson
  5. Director of Public Relations: Kayla Rushing
  6. Director of Ag Days: Scott Jacobson
  7. Director of New Fields: Meg Marchand

We also have two advisors:

  1. Dr. Katie Gaebel
  2. Ms. Raisa Blazquez

Elections are held every Spring term.

How to get involved:

If you have any interest in joining any one of the clubs on the council feel free to contact the Agricultural Executive Council officer team at oregonstateagexeccouncil@gmail.com indicating which club you’re interested in and we will happily provide you with that contact information to get you involved!

Stay up-to-date on the happenings of the college and follow us on:

Facebook: OSU Agricultural Executive Council

Twitter: @OSUAgExec

Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/newfields/

Or simply stop by one of our monthly evening meetings on campus! (Email us to find out more!)


2016-2017 Officer Team

In the Spring of this past school year, the Agricultural Executive Council elected a new officer team. The officers met in September at an officer retreat to plan the fun and exciting upcoming year. The 2016-2017 officers for Oregon State University Agricultural Executive Council are as follows:

Trinity Shodin, President

Trinity Shodin, President

Ben Rietmann, VP

Ben Rietmann, Vice President

Monica Debord, Correspondence

Monica Debord, Director of Correspondence

August Peterson, Director of Finance

August Peterson, Director of Finance

Kayla Rushing, Director of Public Relations

Kayla Rushing, Director of Public Relations

Scott Jacobson, Director of Ag Days

Scott Jacobson, Director of Ag Days

Meg Marchand, Director of New Fields

Meg Marchand, Director of New Fields

Ag Days Recap: Oregon Without Borders

The Agricultural Executive Council hosted their largest event of the year, Ag Days, during the first week of May, Monday through Friday.

A Global Opportunities Poster Presentation was held Monday afternoon in Strand Agriculture Hall. Students presented about their experiences abroad at the poster session. The activities then continued with two workshops – one featuring Bill Moar, an entomology scientist from Monsanto, speaking about international agriculture and competitive markets and the second being a study abroad panel featuring Oregon State students.

Tuesday, the Ag Day in the Quad event was held in the MU Quad and SEC Plaza. Approximately 25 groups were there to represent their clubs, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the College of Forestry. The OSU Young Cattlemen’s Association sold tri-tip sandwiches, and they were a crowd-pleaser! The booths were judged by the Ag Exec advisors and were ranked as follows: 1st place Forestry Club, 2nd place Sheep Club, and 3rd place Botany and Plant Pathology Club. Students were also given the chance to volunteer for Agriculture in the Classroom as part of a service project.

Wednesday evening, the Council partnered with the Oregon Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers to host the second annual Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. The event took place in the MU Lounge, and the six students that participated were asked to discuss the involvement of farmers and ranchers in government and natural resource issues. Andrew Miles took first place in the discussion meet, and Emily Hopfer took second.

Thursday night the Council hosted a keynote speaker, Dr. Reynold Gardner with the Oregon Department of Education. He spoke about the problems and opportunities facing agriculture today and the importance of education for the future.

Finally, Ag Olympics were held outside of Strand and the East side of the MU. Corn hole, ladder toss, and John Deere ‘tractor’ tricycle races were all offered as part of the fun! Ag Days is something the Agricultural Executive Council enjoys hosting every year, and it helps to provide education while people get the chance to see agriculture in action.


Oregon YF&R Farm Bureau Discussion Meet


Ag Day in the Quad

13147466_1181798258505181_2626132781172181957_o (1)-COLLAGE

Students participating in Ag Olympics

Agraland Industry Tour Recap

The second week of Spring Term, approximately 35 students and 2 advisers loaded onto a tour bus to explore agriculture in the Portland area. Also known as the “Agraland Tour,” students were able to tour a diverse set of tour stops including farms, a brewery, and a farmers market.

Friday morning, the tour group departed Corvallis and headed to Donald, Oregon to tour GK Machine Inc. The next stop for the group was Pacific Seafood, where they toured headquarters and a distribution center and were provided lunch by Northwest Farm Credit Services.  From there, the tour continued to the Food Innovation Center, an Agricultural Experiment Center located in Portland, Oregon. Students learned about the research conducted at the center and even got to do a food tasting of samples of Masala Pop’s handmade Indian-spiced popcorn! Following a tour of Charlie’s Produce, the group ended the day by touring the Clackamas Land Lab, learning about the operation, and having dinner provided by the North Clackamas FFA Chapter.

The Agraland tour group loaded the bus bright and early Saturday morning and headed to Stumptown Coffee to learn about the company’s practices. Coffee tasting helped everyone wake up! After working up an appetite, the group traveled to the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University to eat lunch and explore the booths. The group then headed to Widmer Brothers Brewing to learn about the Craft Brew Alliance and the process of brewing. Cloud Cap Farms, a family farm part of Organic Valley, was the final stop for the day. The group then got pizza for dinner and settled in for the night.

Sunday morning started with a buzz as the group visited Bee Thinking, a beekeeping supplier based out of Portland, Oregon and company committed to education regarding honey bees. From there, the group traveled to Langdon Farms Golf Club to have lunch with Harvest Capital Company. Northwest Transplants,  a seedling production operation, was the last stop on the tour.

After the three day trip was concluded, student took a survey to help evaluate the trip and give suggestions for next year. The annual industry tour is one of the most looked forward to events. It helps students to connect with industry professionals and expose them to various careers. The Agricultural Executive Council makes events like the Agraland Industry Tour a priority, because of the great opportunities it provides students.

Day1 Day2 Day3

Winter Term 2016 Recap

A view of the lively CAS Dance

The Agricultural Executive Council started off Winter Term by hosting the annual Etiquette Dinner. This event was open to any student involved in an Ag Exec club. Brian Field, President, and Royce Ann Simmons, Vice President, of Harvest Capital Company were our speakers for the evening. They gave a presentation on proper etiquette for professional dinners and demonstrated how to mingle during our “mocktail” reception. The Council looks forward to providing more professional development events to students in the future, as this event proved to be so beneficial!

Our annual Ethics Panel took place the next month. The panelists Dr. Mary Santelmann, Mr. Shaun McKinney, and Mr. Jerome Rosa did an exceptional job of discussing how ethics plays a role in the theme for the night, “Conservation vs Preservation.” They were able to draw from each of their individual professional experiences in answering questions posed by the audience concerning issues in the agricultural industry. The insight from the panelists was greatly appreciated by council members.

Shortly following the Ethics Panel, the officer team hosted the annual College of Agricultural Sciences Dance at the Women’s Building on campus. The Country Western Dance Club co-hosted the event and provided music and a fun atmosphere filled with dancing, and a spaghetti dinner was provided! Guests were asked to donate canned food or pay an entrance fee for the event, which made it possible for Agricultural Executive Council to donate over 500 dollars and a substantial amount of canned food to the Linn-Benton Food Share. Clubs had the opportunity to get creative and enter a centerpiece into a contest. Steer-A-Year Club took 1st place with PVMA Club following closely behind, and Agricultural Education Club taking 3rd.

Several guest speakers came to monthly council meetings to provide information upcoming events and opportunities. Council members were able to learn more about the Oregon Young Farmers and Ranchers Program, the Leadership Academy, open to all students in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry, and the Winter CAS Panel and Networking Event.

The Spring Industry Tour, also known as the Agriland Tour, will take place in Portland and the surrounding areas from April 8th-10th. Students will tour a variety of locations and have the opportunity to speak with leaders in several different areas of the agricultural industry. In early May, Ag Days with the theme of Oregon Beyond Borders will take place. Clubs in the College of Agricultural Sciences will be in the MU Quad and the SEC Plaza promoting their activities. There will be speakers and many other events taking place during the week as well. Come check out Ag Days to see some adorable animals and learn more about agriculture!


A group shot at Etiquette Dinner


Ethics Panel attendees


Council officers dropping off canned food from the CAS Dance.

Fall Term 2015 Recap

Officers greeting students at the Annual Fall Gelato Social

The Agricultural Executive Council had quite an eventful Fall Term to start out the new school year. The officer team began the term with a one-day retreat at Peavy Arboretum and worked to plan events for the year and to revise the Constitution while bonding as a team. We shared individual goals and came up with team ones, as well. Only a few days later, the College of Agricultural Sciences Fall Kick-Off Gelato Social took place at the newly renovated Strand Agriculture Hall’s front plaza. New and returning students were able to learn about all of the clubs in the College. It was the perfect sunny weather to enjoy some gelato from a local business!

The Ag Exec officers represented the College of Agricultural Sciences throughout football season by traveling to WSU for a tailgater, celebrating Homecoming and assisting with booths at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility during Dad’s Weekend. Oregon State pride was abundant, as we never miss a chance to attend a Beaver game! Connecting with alumni and donors is something we enjoy on all occasions while celebrating agriculture and the excitement of game day.

Members of the officer team attended the College of Agricultural Sciences Dean’s Dinner, held at the end of October, as well. Students assisted with setting up for the event and were seated at various tables to interact with faculty, alumni and industry leaders. We heard about scientific research and notable work in agriculture and watched recipients of the College of Agricultural Sciences awards receive those awards. These types of events are what make being a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences much more interesting and rewarding.

After an extensive two-year upgrade to Strand Agriculture Hall, which included significant seismic, accessibility, and energy upgrades, its reopening was celebrated at the end of October. The event began at the West Portico Entrance facing the MU Quad and highlighted the new building. Strand has housed several different departments, but its emphasis throughout its history has always been agriculture. After a short program to celebrate the reopening, in which Dean Dan Arp presented, members of the officer team gave tours of the building. The event allowed people to see the beautiful new space that is Strand Agriculture Hall and to explore agricultural sciences.

Members of the officer team went on an industry tour with the Ambassadors for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources. That afternoon we traveled a short distance south of Corvallis to visit a winery and a learn about practices at a biodynamic farm. We finished off the day with a visit to a U-Pick pumpkin and apple farm. This was an excellent way to become more familiar with each other and explore agricultural industries!

Keep an eye out for information on our annual events including Etiquette Dinner, the Spring Industry Tour occurring the second weekend of Spring Term, and Ag Days!

2015 Gelato Social 3

The Organic Growers Club leading an activity at the Gelato Social


Part of the officer team at the College of Agricultural Sciences Dean’s Dinner

Industry Tour 11

Roasting marshmallows at Pfeiffer Vineyards


Meeting President Ray at the Strand Open House

Introduction to the Agricultural Executive Council

The Agricultural Executive Council is the College of Agricultural Sciences student government, of which the majority of clubs and organizations within CAS are members. The council is chosen by their peers and serves as a governing and promotional body for students and clubs within CAS. Ag Exec acts in cooperation with the College of Agricultural Sciences to advance public relations and improvements to the College.

As a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences you gain so much from participating in student clubs, activities and professional organizations. There are many opportunities to get engaged and to gain leadership skills. Numerous clubs and activities are offered based on your academic interest, but you can join any club regardless of major.  Many of the largest events held throughout the year are reserved for club members, so join and have fun while getting to be a part of these activities! The five largest events held by Ag Exec are listed below.

Etiquette Dinner gives members a great opportunity to learn how to behave at dinners in the professional world. The event includes a “mocktail” hour, dinner, and dessert, as well as a presentation given by leading professionals on how to act, dress and make conversation. This is an event anyone who wants to learn the rules of etiquette and be successful in world of business should attend!

At the Ethics Panel, held Winter Term, a group of industry leaders from various sectors discuss ethics in agriculture. The College of Agricultural Sciences Dance is also held Winter Term, and put on through collaboration by Ag Exec, Country Western Dance Club, and Meat Science Club. A pulled pork dinner has been served in the past with the entrance fee being only a can of food. Country Western Dance Club teaches attendees a dance and plays music all night long. This is a great study break and way to contribute to a local food bank.

Ag Days is a four day event held early May in conjunction with FFA CDE Days. The first day consists of a speaker giving a talk about issues in agriculture. Dr. William Moar from Monsanto discussed GMO technology last year. Day in the Quad, held the second day, gives clubs a chance to show the OSU community what they have accomplished during the year. A Discussion Meet is hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers the third day. On the fourth day, Betsy Hartley from the ER Jackman Committee gave clubs insight on what the committee was looking for in upcoming funding interviews.

Held Spring Term, the Industry Tour is the most anticipated event of the year. Last year, 40 students attended the Southwestern Agriculture Industry Tour and learned about several parts of the industry. The trip included visits to vineyards, a chocolate factory, beef operation and more! The tour is a fantastic way to learn more about agriculture in Oregon.

Speaking of getting involved, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Executive Council will be hosting a gelato social Wednesday, September 23rd from 1pm-3pm! Student clubs will have information about their various activities and how to join at the Strand Agriculture Hall west plaza area. Come meet faculty, staff and returning students while enjoying gelato and learn how to get more involved on campus!

2015 – 2016 New Officers

IMG_9444 (2)

The Agricultural Executive Council officer elections for the upcoming 2015-2016 year were held last week. As spring term winds down, the newly elected officers are already beginning planning for next year. Please welcome the new Agricultural Executive Council as follows:


President: Elaine Jordan

Vice President: Gabrielle Redhead

Director of Correspondence: Emily Hopfer

Director of Finance: Aundriea Mason

Director of Public Relations: Callahan Anderes

Director of Ag Day: Trinity Shodin

Director of New Fields: Bennett Wahl