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

The clubs and organizations listed below are associated with the College of Agriculture. Check out the Office of Activities and Engagement to view all student clubs and organizations affiliated with MSU! Go Bobcats!

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1000 New Gardens Bozeman
1,000 New Gardens is connecting a new generation to healthy food they can grow and eat themselves. We help people overcome the daunting task of getting a vegetable garden started. Our volunteers share resources and proven techniques with neighborhoods in two Montana communities. Household gardening makes access to nutritious, affordable food as easy as walking right out the back door. Advisor: Dr. Selena Ahmed.

Academic Quadrathlon Team
The Academic Quadrthlon Team is housed in the Animal and Range Sciences Department. Each year students are selected to serve on the team. The Quadrathlon involves a four-part contest that consists of a comprehensive written exam, impromptu oral presentation, hands on lab practical and a double-elimination quiz bowl tournament. In 2014 the team tied for second place in the National Academic Quadrathlon. Advisor: Dr. Rachel Endecott.

Ag Education Club
Newly created in the fall of 2014 and designed for agriculture education majors, this club is housed in the Division of Agriculture Education. Advisors: Dr. Shannon Arnold and Dr. Dustin Perry.

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. The Council provides a sounding board for students and allows input into the actions of the College administration. Most clubs and organizations affiliated with the College of Agriculture have representatives that sit on the council. Advisor: Dr. Nora Smith.

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.

American Society of Landscape Architects- MSU Chapter
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. Advisor: Jennifer Britton.

College of Agriculture Ambassadors
The COA Ambassadors is made up of a team of twenty students represent the COA at various events and in a recruitment capacity. The COA Ambassadors assist with events such as: MSU Friday, Celebrate Ag!!, the COA Scholarship Banquet and more. New team members are recruited in February and March of each year. More information can be found here. Advisor: Jessica Murdock.

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. Advisor: Brett Schomer.

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 Cattlewomen won Student Organization of the Year in 2014! Advisor: Dr. Jane Ann Boles.

Collegiate FFA
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 and many of the activities are in conjunction with other organizations from within the College of Agriculture and Montana Association of FFA. Advisor: Dr. Tracy Dougher.

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. Advisor: Dr. Rachel Endecott.

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. Advisor: Dr. Anton Bekkerman.

Friends of Local Foods
Friends of Local Foods was formed in the fall of 2006 to bring a diverse group of students and faculty together to raise awareness about local foods and encourage sustainable lifestyles on campus and in the community. Advisor: Alison Harmon.

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. Advisor: Dr. Shannon Moreaux.

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. Advisor: Dr. Tracy Dougher.

Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Graduate Club
The 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. Advisor: Dr. Jane Mangold.

Livestock Judging Team
Students involved in livestock judging learn how to sharpen their decision making and communication skills, and gain knowledge about a wide variety of segments of the livestock industry in different parts of the country. Livestock Judging Team members have the opportunity to travel to different National Livestock Judging Contests, and through judging, students learn valuable skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Advisor: Marc King.

Meat Judging Team
The MSU Meat and Meat Processing Center is a state-inspected facility with the capability for processing meat animals. It has much of the equipment necessary for sausage and ham manufacturing. In addition, there is a chemistry laboratory for analysis of a wide range of physical and chemical properties of meat. Students learn to cut carcasses and manufacture sausages and ham in this facility. The MSU Meat Lab also supports the Meats Judging Team and provides hands-on experience for students interested in meat and carcass evaluation. Advisor: Dr. Jane Ann Boles.

MSU Driving Club
MSU Driving Team is a group of individuals interested in learning the dying art of driving teams of draft horses. We show Draft Horses at horse shows and teamster competitions during the school year. We are located on the Campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. We go for the original horse power! Advisor: Andi Shockley.

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. Advisor: Edward Hook.

Polo Club
Montana State University - Bozeman collegiate equine polo club was formed in 2005. As a club we compete in the Northwest region of USPA intercollegiate polo. It's a great group to join if you enjoy equine activities. All interested students are welcome regardless of riding/playing experience. Horse ownership is not necessary. Look for us at the MSU pavilion on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Advisor:
Dr. Shannon Moreaux
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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. Advisor: Dr. Becky Mattix.

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 (URME), 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 Exam Team. These teams are sent to represent MSU at the annual contests held in conjunction with the annual International Society for Range Management Convention. The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in Room 238 of the Animal Bioscience building. Advisor: Dr. Bok Sowell.

Stock Horse Team
The Stock Horse Team is dedicated to enhancing the pleasure of owning and riding horses through creating better horses and horsemen. The original organizers of the American Stock Horse Association viewed the trend of emphasizing specialized horses over versatile horses as not being good for the equine industry. Rider skills were also becoming specialized, relating only to a single discipline or event. There was not a link between a truly well-trained horse and the versatile horse that could perform many tasks. Become a member and prove the versatility of your stock horse in four categories: stock horse pleasure, reining, trail, and working cow horse. Advisor: Dr. Shannon Moreaux.

Turf Club
The Turf Club was created to promote knowledge and enthusiasm for turf management fields among the students and community and to better prepare turf club members for careers in the turf industry. Meetings are every Tuesday at 5pm. The 2013-2014 President, Hannah Estabrooks won Club President of the Year! Advisor: Dr. Tracy Dougher.

Wool Judging Team
Affiliated with the COA Wool Lab (only one of two in the nation), the team travels to state and regional events to compete in wool judging. This team was recently revived in 2012. Advisor: Dr. Lisa Surber.