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Next Generation of Ag Leaders!
The AE program is designed to develop and provide opportunities for the next generation of agriculture leaders. We received a ‘University Growth Initiative’ grant from Agriculture Future of America (AFA) to send four students (2 freshman and 2 sophomores) to Kansas City, MO for the 2022 AFA Leaders Conference…fully funded!. The four students had a […]
Happy 4th of July!
Summer has finally arrived in NE Oregon, and with it an excitement about the ‘growth’ of grass, crops, animals, and the Agriculture Entrepreneurship program! In upcoming blog posts I will be highlighting some of the changes and new additions to the AE program for fall. Many of these highlights will illustrate our commitment to our […]
Summer grass aplenty!
Most of you have began your summer activities, which hopefully includes a nice balance of work and relaxation! I hope you take a little time over the summer to reflect on this past academic year and contemplate the potential opportunities ahead of you. Everyone will confront multiple opportunities and barriers as you move forward in […]
What makes a person an Entrepreneur?
Last week I asked a group of folks what they thought defined an ‘Agriculture Entrepreneur’. I’ve asked this question to a lot of folks over the past several months and the answers are as varied as the people I’ve interacted with. The comments I heard last week was…”it’s being a farmer or rancher”, “it’s knowing […]
Why being an Agripreneur is more than just being a ‘farmer’ or ‘rancher’
A comment I readily receive from folks asking about the Agriculture Entrepreneurship (AE) degree is whether it is just another “farming or ranching” degree. Though without ‘production’ or farming and ranching we would not have the resources available to feed, clothe, and fuel a growing global population, the AE degree is about connecting the “Agricultural […]
Part 3: What makes the Agriculture Entrepreneurship degree unique?
It’s been awhile since my last post, but I’m back and spring is definitely in the air! Over the past month or so the war in Ukraine has had a devastating impact on people, economies, and world stability. One of the biggest impacts (which is not overly publicized) is the impact on global agriculture! Ukraine […]
Part 2: What makes the Agriculture Entrepreneurship degree unique?
When I am talking to students and parents about the AE program I like to ask the question…”what does Agriculture mean to you?”. And what I commonly hear is words like “farming”, “ranching”, “food production” or just plain “production”. And though agriculture as a whole revolves around the production of food, fiber, and fuel products […]
What makes the new ‘AE’ degree unique?
Several students (and parents) have asked me “what makes the Agriculture Entrepreneurship degree unique to other ‘ag’ degrees available“? That is a great question, and over the next few blog posts I will build the distinction. In the image posted with this blog you can view the entire agriculture supply/value chain. It can be quite […]
Northwest Farm Credit Services provides AE program support!!
During the Christmas break we were notified that Northwest Farm Credit Services had graciously decided to support the new AE degree program with a $50,000 financial contribution! Those funds will be used to support many of our immediate needs to get the AE program ‘off the ground and running’ in the right direction. I want […]
Happy New Years!
First of all I want to wish everyone a ‘Happy New Years’…2022 is filled with opportunities! Secondly, I want to thank everyone who has shown interest and support for the new Agriculture Entrepreneurship degree. Every week I am presented with new opportunities and subsequent ideas on how we can fully develop our degree to ensure […]