AGI Alumni News

December 16, 2015

Director's Corner

Happy Holidays! As we wind down the semester we are excited to send you this newsletter. As you can see, we have created a lot of new initiatives including a precision agriculture course, an internship program, and the AGI Ambassadors club. In addition, we have also continued the successful freshmen networking luncheon.

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See You Soon

Come Meet With Us!

This winter, we are hoping to connect with you in your part of the state. We are really excited about meeting you and experiencing the pride our NCSU AGI alumni possess. We think that with our combined efforts, we can make a huge difference in the future of agriculture by finding and educating students about jobs in agriculture! With the help of extension agents, we have set up 13 meetings across the state.

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An Interview with Dell Murphy

Dell Murphy ‘90 graduated from the Agricultural Institute with a degree in Swine Management and Technology. Erin Meachum, writing lecturer at the AGI, was able to take a few minutes to talk with Dell about life at the Agricultural Institute, what he looks for in potential employees, and what he would say to a prospective AGI student.

Read Dell Murphy's interview here»

Our New Internship Program

Given the importance of agriculture and other related fields to our state’s economy, the Agricultural Institute is committed to providing an educated workforce. Part of that education now comes in the form of an internship experience for students.

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The New Horticultural Science Degree

The Ornamentals and Landscape Technology degree has gotten a facelift! The major is now titled Horticultural Science Management (HSM), and it now offers two sub-plans for students to choose from: Ornamentals and Landscape and Small-Scale Farming.

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Visit Us at the Farm Show

Mark your calendars for the annual Southern Farm Show from February 3-5 at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Known as the place for farmers and agricultural leaders across the region, the Farm Show will host over 400 companies as well as other organizations. This upcoming year the Agricultural Institute Club will have a photo booth set up; come have your pictures taken with the CALS wolf and meet the AGI staff. Hope to see you there! 

For more information, please visit the Southern Farm Show website.»


Our New AGI Ambassadors

The AGI has selected a group of responsible student leaders to assist with AGI functions, alumni events and other activities. AGI Ambassadors are the student voice of our program and serve as a liaison between the campus and the community.

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AGI Lunch

Annual Industry Partner Luncheon

Over 150 Agricultural Institute students and about 15 industry representatives attended our second annual business luncheon on Friday, December 4. This event gave students the opportunity to practice the networking and soft skills they had worked on and learned throughout the semester in the AGI 101 introductory course. It served as part of their final exam for the course, which is required of all AGI students. The event allowed students and industry representatives to make professional connections; we were honored to have these companies sponsor tables for our event: Murphy Family Ventures, LandCare, Prestage Farms, Smithfield Farms, Wayne Farms, Vick Family Farms, Bland Landscaping, Country View Family Farms, Bartlett Tree Experts, and Cape Fear Farm Credit. If you would be interested in sponsoring a table and attending a future luncheon, please email Alyssa Degreenia.


Our AGI Tailgate

It was great to see some of you at the annual CALS tailgate on October 3 during Ag Day! You can find out more information, including sponsors for the day, here. And if you missed us this year, keep an eye out for us next year! We love catching up with our alumni any chance we get.


Our Resident Chef!

Our very own Alease Hancock won second place in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences annual chili cook off! There were about fifteen entries and both people's choice and judging awards. A wonderful time was had by all!


How You Can Help

We have many funds that accept donations, but our Agricultural Institute Enhancement Fund, which supports student activities, is our main source of program support. You can donate here. Or, if you are interested in your own named endowment, please contact Chris Wessel in the CALS Advancement Office via email or at 919-515-7678. Additionally, there are three study-abroad programs that our students are eligible to participate in: the International Agribusiness, Law & Culture trip to Croatia and Italy; the International Agricultural Economics, Policy, and Culture trip to London and Edinburgh; and the Exploring Food Security trip to Costa Rica. If you would be interested in helping a student participate, perhaps someone from your home county, please contact us here.

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