Ag Day Volunteers Needed

CANR students are needed to help staff the Live Blue Hen display at Ag Day. Involves making sure chickens in trailer display have water, feed, and the birds are not too hot. Will also be answering questions about the Blue Hens (information sheet available) and hand out information sheets to visitors. Volunteers are needed for 1-2 hour shifts from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Prof. Bob Alphin at or 831-0825.

Five Essential Skills Students Learn in an Agricultural Degree Program

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Five Essential Skills Students Learn in an Agricultural Degree Program

By Colorado State University

There are numerous reasons to consider a degree in an agricultural field of study. Not only will students earn academic credentials that can open doors to new job opportunities, they will also learn skills that apply across a variety of career paths. Here are just a few of the ways ag students benefit from their degrees:

1. Time management: If there is one skill that’s essential in agriculture, it’s working on a schedule. To complete assignments and other projects on a deadline, students must delegate their time wisely. Earning an agricultural degree requires students to set both short-term and long-term goals. Studying in an online program can help provide more flexibility and an opportunity to master time management skills. Learning effective organizational strategies will serve students well for the rest of their careers.

2. Critical thinking skills: Agriculture students also develop keen problem-solving abilities. Whether students focus primarily on the business or the science of agriculture, both require analytical thinking.

“I got a body of knowledge that taught me how to think critically,” explained Tyler Mason, a recent graduate of Colorado State University’s online Master of Extension Education program. “I understood problems that persist in our global climate, what we can do, and how we can educate people to make a difference.”

3. Access to advanced research: The academic resources available to students in agricultural degree programs provide opportunities to gain expert knowledge. This is especially true at a research university like CSU.

“I love the holistic point of view in the curriculum but also the hard science, the very deep-down, nitty gritty technical stuff,” said Nancie McCormish, a graduate of CSU’s online Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Sciences program. “The online program and the flexibility of the hours actually played to my strengths, which let me dig deeper and do more research. What I learned in the program is helping me every day because I have resources.”

4. Communication skills: From writing papers to crafting project proposals, students must learn how to effectively convey complex ideas. Whether it’s talking with clients, delegating tasks to employees, or explaining advanced concepts to business stakeholders, communication skills matter in an agriculture career.

“I understood how to write better and how to communicate,” said Tyler Mason. “Having those tools from the program… now I’m equipped to make a bigger impact.”

5. Technological literacy: From using software to analyze seasonal crop yields to scientifically choosing livestock for breeding based on genetic profiles, there are abundant opportunities to implement modern technology as a problem-solving tool.

“We’re actually going into a new field of big data at our company,” explained Ralph Towell, graduate of CSU’s online Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business program. “I’ve been able to apply the tools I’ve learned at Colorado State directly to my job duties to actually advance in the company.”

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Cherry Grove Farm Summer Internship

Cherry Grove Farm is currently hiring for a summer internship starting in May or June 2018 (length of internship negotiable) to work with a small dairy herd in central New Jersey.  Previous dairy experience not required, training will be provided.  A weekly stipend, shared-housing and farm store discount are part of the compensation.

To learn more about the internship visit:
To apply: Please send resume, references, dates available, and cover letter to our Farm Production Manager, Andrew Insua at

Cherry Grove Farm is a small, diversified dairy farm and creamery situated on about 400 acres of woodland, wetland and pasture in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, making award-winning farmstead cheeses from our grass-fed raw cows’ milk. Our cheeses are made in small batches and aged on the farm, with attention paid to the craft of artisanal cheesemaking.

Our dairy cows are a mixed group of Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Friesian, Red Ayreshire, Dutch Belted and Normande cows. We practice intensive rotational grazing, moving the animals daily to keep the pasture healthy. We also raise a small number of whey-fed pigs, lambs, chickens and grass-fed beef.

To learn more about the farm visit:




The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund was initiated during the Spring of 2011 in order to honor Jim and his contributions to the Mid-Atlantic area turfgrass industry and financially support students while pursuing a college degree.

Jim worked as a salesman for Newsom Seed from the early 1990’s until soon before his passing on March 20, 2013. He made great contributions to turfgrass related businesses during this period, especially businesses involved in turf production.

The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund allows for a single, annual $500.00 reward to be issued to a winning applicant prior to the fall college semester.

Completed applications, along with any essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. should be postmarked and mailed by May 31, 2018 to:

The Maryland Turfgrass Association
P.O. Box 389
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Attention: The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund

And/or emailed to The MTA Executive Director, Vernon Cooper; and The MTA Scholarship Fund Chairman, Harry Kenney;

In addition to a possible interview with one or more Maryland Turfgrass Association Board Members, the following criteria will be considered by the MTA board while deciding who will be awarded this scholarship:

  • The applicant should be a current high school senior or be enrolled in a full time two year Associate Degree or four year Bachelor Degree college or university program. Proof of college or university enrollment in an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree program may be requested by the MTA board.
  • The applicant should reside in the Mid-Atlantic area or be enrolled in a college or university located in the Mid-Atlantic area.
  • The applicant should have earned a high school or current college level GPA of at least 2.5. A transcript should be submitted along with the application.
  • Preference may be given to students enrolled in a turfgrass related field.
  • Preference may be given to students with experience in turf production and/or turf maintenance.
  • We ask that you provide an essay of one page or less, using 12 pitch x New Roman or equivalent with a one inch margin. The essay can include how you intend to utilize your Associate or Bachelor degree.
  • A current high school and/or college level transcript and up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted with the completed application.


Internship at the Penn Vet Swine Center

The swine group at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team at the Penn Vet Swine Teaching and Research Center located on the New Bolton Center campus in Kennett Square, PA. The internship position provides a unique opportunity for someone interested in food animal production and or medicine.  We have a research and teaching farm that places us on the cutting edge of swine husbandry and medicine.  Hands-on practical experience in our facility provides unique insight in to the swine farming of today and tomorrow.  Over 3% of the US swine industry is using the basic “Penn” gestation system developed at the New Bolton Center.

The intern will also have the possibility to contribute to our teaching and other research initiatives.  The internship is a year-long position and has a proposed start date of June 1, 2018.  The position is an ideal first step for someone seeking a career in either swine production or veterinary medicine.  In particular over the last seven years, seven of our former interns have matriculated at veterinary schools. If you are interested, please respond with an updated resume or CV, a cover letter explaining your interest, and contact information for two references.

Contact: Cheryl O’Sullivan

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer.

Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.


True Leaf Market Scholarship Opportunity

The Demetrios Agathangelides Scholarship
True Leaf Market is proud to support the agricultural sciences. Each year, we offer two $1000 scholarships to college students involved in the agricultural sciences. We encourage students in both graduate and undergraduate programs to apply for this scholarship, which will allow them to showcase the skills and knowledge they’ve learned in their agriculture-related field. We want applicants to demonstrate their knowledge with confidence while fulfilling the requirements for this scholarship. Overall, our aim is to encourage students to exercise what they have learned while bettering the world around them. We offer scholarships to students in these plant science related disciplines:

  • Horticulture
  • Botany
  • Agriculture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • All Other Plant Science related disciplines

Application deadline is July 31, 2018.  For more information visit our website: True Leaf Market