The UCM Agricultureprogram has a number of organizations that are open to university students. For some organizations membership is open to all individuals, both members and non-members of the university community, who have an interest in argriculture.
Agriculture Student Advisory Board
Collegiate Farm Bureau
Delta Tau Alpha
|Agriculture Student Advisory Board|
The Agriculture Student Advisory Board members are volunteers from the student body who meet regularly with the faculty and provide important student input into the program decision making process.
|Collegiate Farm Bureau|
Central Missouri’s Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter was officially formed in the fall 1999. This organization provides students the opportunity to interact with local farmers and to participate in Missouri Farm Bureau activities such as the Annual Meeting and the Young Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Conference at the state level. Chapter leaders may be able to go on trips to Washington, D.C. as part of the state delegation.
The Agricultural Ambassadors are a group of volunteer students selected to represent the department at various functions. The ambassadors visit high schools, alone or with a faculty member, to talk with students about obtaining an agricultural education and to answer their questions about being a student in the agriculture department. The ambassadors also represent the program during District Agriculture Contests and at the FFA State Convention.
The objective of the Horticulture Club is to promote horticulture within the university and the community. Membership is open to all individuals, both members and non-members of the university community, who have an interest in horticulture. The club also strives to recognize and develop both scholars and leaders within the department. Activities of the Horticulture Club are usually of a community service nature. The re-organizational meeting occurs in the fall and new members may join during either the fall or spring semester.
|Delta Tau Alpha|
The Delta Tau Alpha (DTA) Agriculture Honor Society strives to promote leadership and academic excellence for its members and the entire Agriculture program. According to the society’s constitution, qualifications for active membership are:
A. Completed at least nine (9) semester hours in agricultural courses
B. Completed at least forty-five (45) semester hours of college courses
C. Rank not lower than the highest thirty-five (35) percent of their university class in general scholarship, and completed at least three (3) semesters of college courses
Eligible students are notified each spring and fall by correspondence from the DTA President.
Each fall DTA sponsors an Agriculture Career Day. Agriculture employers from Missouri and surrounding states are invited to participate in the program. Representatives make presentations concerning their companies during the morning session. In the afternoon they hold interview sessions allowing students to gain interview experience as well as make contacts for potential internships and future employment.
In the spring, DTA members travel to the Delta Tau Alpha National Convention, which is held each year at a different DTA chapter’s university. Traveling to the national convention allows members the opportunity to meet and share experiences with students from across the nation. National officer elections are held at the convention as well as business meetings and social events.
The Agriculture Club is a social organization with membership open to all university students. The organization generally participates in the homecoming parade every fall and has placed in the float competition numerous times. Each spring the Ag Club sponsors a 4-H and FFA Steer and Heifer show for area livestock exhibitors. A sub-organization of this club is the newly forming FFA Collegiate organization. These organizations provide excellent opportunities to make friends, gain a more diverse college experience, and establish leadership roles.
Re-organizational meetings take place at the beginning of the fall semester each year and new members may join at the beginning of either the fall or spring semesters.