Montana State University

College of Agriculture

P.O. Box 172860
Bozeman, MT 59717-2860

Tel: (406) 994-3681
Fax: (406) 994-6579
Location: 202 Linfield Hall

Assistant Dean:

Dr. Nora Smith

College of Agriculture

Student Organizations and Clubs

For more information on any of the following clubs and organizations, please contact the Assistant Dean's Office in 202 Linfield Hall, 994-3681. Check out the Office of Activities and Engagement to view all student clubs and organizations affiliated with MSU! Go Cats!

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Ag Student Council

The Agriculture Student Council strives to promote agriculture within the College, the university, and the state. The Council fulfills this mission by promoting the programs, organizations, and objectives of the College of Agriculture. There are fourteen clubs that are active members of the Council.

The Council provides a sounding board for students and allows input into the actions of the College administration.

The main activities sponsored by Ag Student Council on an annual basis are: Spring Scholarship Banquet, Fun on the Farm, New Student Barbeque, and Ag Appreciation Weekend. The Council is also an active member of the Western Association of Agricultural Councils (WAAC) which includes all land grant universities or agriculture colleges west of the Mississippi River and all provinces in Canada.

Alpha Gamma Rho - Alpha Delta Chapter

Alpha Gamma Rho is a Professional Agriculture Fraternity with the purpose of "Making better men through a broader and better Agriculture." The house is open to all college men pursuing a degree in agriculture, food, and fiber sciences, or to men with a strong agriculture background looking to stay connected with the industry. Montana State's AGR fraternity has activated over 1,200 members since its inception in 1925, and has developed a reputation for obtaining/developing the foremost leaders in Montana Agriculture.

Members of AGR are constantly pushed to lead in the College of Agriculture, not only in academics, but to become involved with the agriculture clubs on campus and to serve the community. Each year AGR members raise over $14,000 for charities such as United Way, Farm Rescue, and the Montana FFA Association during our annual fall "Testicle Festival."

For more information please contact AGR at (406) 587-4251, www.montana.edu/agr or feel free to stop by the house at 1707 Greek Way, Bozeman, MT 59715.

Alpha Zeta

Alpha Zeta is a national co-ed agricultural honorary fraternity open to students in agriculture who have completed 30 semester credits of education, and rank in the top 40% of their class. Leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and professionalism are qualities focused on by the organization. Qualifying individuals receive letters inviting them to join Alpha Zeta.

 

The group sponsors several awards, both within the college and statewide. Community and campus service activities and speakers focusing on career development are other projects that the group takes an active role in.

Collegiate 4-H

The Collegiate 4-H Club is a youth development organization. The club functions independent of the counties and in conjunction with the 4-H Center for Youth Development. Each year the club plans and facilitates workshops around the state including topics such as outdoor activities, actual projects, leadership, and many other topics. The club also plans and participates in Montana 4-H Congress and Fall Ag Ambassador Training.

Collegiate Cattlewomen

The Collegiate Cattlewomen's organization is open to women enrolled at MSU who are interested in dedicating their time and talent to the future of beef, agriculture, and their communities. Their goals include public education and promotion of the business of agriculture. The club also assists Montana Cattlewomen and the Montana Beef Council in their efforts to promote the welfare of the beef industry.

The club has three main projects. A monthly elementary presentation called “The Perfect Cheeseburger” in which a short presentation is given to an elementary class using a giant pillow cheeseburger. There is a campus beef promotion in the fall in which they hand out free beef samples and answer any questions along with clarifying any misconceptions. The club also hosts an educational forum in the spring in which they present guest speakers concerning a topic of particular interest within the beef industry. Members also attend national and state conventions, have fundraisers, BBQ’s, and much more. The club offers women an opportunity to expand their communication and leadership skills while working with their peers to educate the community.

Collegiate FFA (National FFA OnLine)

The MSU Collegiate FFA Chapter is a campus organization for those who have formerly been affiliated with FFA or are interested in the activities of the Collegiate Chapter. Although it is a departmental club for agricultural education majors, students in other curriculums are welcome.

The College Chapter is very active in educational activities. The Chapter is also responsible for organizing and directing contests at the Annual State FFA Convention. The club offers many social activities, including hayrides, ice skating parties, dances, float trips, pizza parties, and ice fishing. Many of its activities are in conjunction with other organizations from within the College of Agriculture and Montana Association of FFA.

Collegiate Stockgrowers

Collegiate Stockgrowers at Montana State University is a place for the leaders of tomorrow to be formed.  We are passionate about agriculture and we strive to be as involved with the industry as possible.  From guest speakers, to working on local ranches we are determined to learn about all segments of the industry and make a name for ourselves.  The support from Montana Stockgrowers is undeniable and without them we would be lacking in both contacts and opportunities.  If you are looking for a place to get to know other kids in the College of Ag or you want to be active in the industry, you have found the right club.  Don’t worry, having fun is also on our agenda and we often do off campus activities as a club.  Come to a meeting and learn about the all the industry possibilities and scholarship opportunities.  We promise you’ll have a great time and meet many wonderful people.  Today is the time to take control of your future and become the leader we need in Agriculture.  Our first meeting will be September 12th at 7pm in ABB (room 138).  Contact Karoline Rose at 406-577-6310 or karoline54rose@aol.com if you have any questions! 

Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers

The Montana Farm Bureau Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers club welcomes students with an interest in agricultural issues. The purpose of the club is to further communication among people with an interest in agricultural issues, educate college students about the work of an agricultural organization, provide college students experience with local, state and national government through active participation in legislative activities, learn about Farm Bureau policies and activities, and promote the profession of agriculturally-related occupations.

The club is open to any student, graduate or undergraduate, regardless of major or course of study, with a specific interest in agriculture. The Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers have the opportunity to take part in the grassroots policy development process for the Montana Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau.

The Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers participate in the Montana Farm Bureau annual convention, Young Ag. Leadership Conference, Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet, AFBF Annual Meeting, participation in statewide ag expositions. and other industry events, AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference, YF&R Calling on the Capitol, National Ag Day, Issues Forum, and MFBF Summer Meetings.

What makes this club truly unique are the opportunities that the Montana Farm Bureau can provide the students after graduation. This club is about forming the skills of lifelong leaders for agriculture.

Environmental Resource Club

The Environmental Resource Club seeks to unite and engage students interested in the environmental sciences to participate within the university and local community in activities related to land management and environmental sciences. The club's objectives are: 1) to expose interested students to career and internship opportunities by organizing informal lunch-time seminars and panel discussions with local scientists and natural resource managers; 2) to raise money to fund field trips with local natural resource professionals to increase environmental science students understanding of local and regional research and management projects; and 3) to be involved in campus-wide activities to promote awareness of environmental science issues.

Horseman's Club / IHSA Equestrian Team

The Horseman’s Club welcomes any and all students interested in horses. Ownership of a horse is not required. The Horseman’s Club branch is a great place for equine-minded people to meet and network through meetings and club activities including movie nights, bowling nights, fundraisers, and demonstrations by other equine-minded people throughout the Gallatin Valley. The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team travels and competes throughout Montana, Idaho and Utah in events such as English Equitation, Western Equitation, Reining, and English Equitation Over Fences classes.

Horticulture Club

The mission of the Horticulture Club is to broaden the educational experience through application of studies outside the classroom setting, hands-on experience of the broad aspects of the horticulture field, social and community involvement, and the establishment of networking connections.

Landscape Design Club

The purpose and mission of the Landscape Design Club Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is to enhance the educational experience of undergraduate landscape design students (and any other interested students) attending Montana State University by promoting awareness of the profession of landscape architecture through leadership opportunities, education, service, and professional interaction. Landscape Design Club participates in conferences to the regional ASLA organization events, tours, networking with professionals, and fundraising such as the Pumpkin Carving Contest and Christmas Wreath Sales. Students are encouraged to share ideas about things they would like to see the club do for activities. Anyone interested in more information can contact Heather Begger at 406-600-7022 or heather.begger@msu.montana.edu, or Jennifer Britton at 406-994-5215 or jbritton@montana.edu

Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations (NECO)
NECO, the Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations, is a student driven grassroots organization at Montana State University dedicated to connecting resources between MSU and the greater Montana community, emphasizing environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Livestock Judging Team & Meats Judging Team

Students can participate in various livestock & meat judging events and competitions.

Polo Club

The Polo Club at MSU is a fun and exciting group that focuses on polo, the game on horseback. All interested students are welcome regardless of riding/playing experience.  Horse ownership is not necessary.  We encourage you to come watch and, of course, join us.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club

The Pre-veterinary Club at MSU is a club designed for students interested in all areas of veterinary medicine. Members come from all walks of the undergraduate curriculum such as Animal and Range Science, Biotechnology, Biology, Microbiology, and Chemistry.

The club provides educational opportunities, community service, tips on applications, visits to the Vet school campuses, and participation in College of Agriculture activities.

Range Management Club

The Range Management Club is open to any student who is interested in range ecosystems and the principles of their management. This club has close ties to the International Society for Range Management. Functions include sponsorship of an Undergrad Range Management Exam Team and an International Range Plant Identification team; promotion of guest speakers that are controversial, entertaining, and informative; and field trips. We also support a variety of social functions.

Students interested in Range Science should try out for the competitive Range Plant Identification Team and the Undergraduate Range Management Test Team. These teams are sent to represent MSU at the annual contests held in conjunction with the annual International Society for Range Management Convention.