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!