Work Stations and Student Organizations
The agronomy work station assists with field improvements and production activities. Crops grown are used for silage and hay to feed the College’s beef and dairy cows.
The beef farm consists of primarily registered polled Herefords, along with some Black Angus, with approximately 100 brood cows at any given time. Students are fully involved with all day to day functions of running a beef cattle operation, including the College’s biennial production sale.
The College’s dairy milks between 40 to 60 cows at any given time, both registered Holsteins and Jerseys. They are milked at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Students are fully involved with all day to day functions of running a dairy farm, from nutrition to milk processing.
The Farmers Gardens features fresh fruits and vegetables from the Kranzush gardens, along with beef and pork meat cuts, campus dairy milk, and student made items from throughout campus work stations. The Farmers Gardens work station is in production year round, providing fresh produce to The Keeter Center.
At the feed mill grain is rolled or hammer milled, averaging 12 tons of grain mixed and rationed per week. The feed mill speaks to the nutrition side of agriculture, providing the balanced daily rations for the College’s dairy and beef cattle, and hogs.
C of O’s hog farm raises both registered Hampshire and hybrids provided by Cargill/JBS. There are approximately 20 to 30 breeding sows, and 200 feeder hogs at any given time. Students are responsible for daily hog farm operations including reproduction cycles, feeding and nutrition, pasture rotation, and genetic selection.
Meat Processing Plant
Campus-raised animals are processed by the plant for use in the student dining-hall and the Keeter Center Restaurant. Students learn about safe and humane food sourcing, as well as the daily functions of USDA inspection and expectations.
Agriculture Education Club
The Ag. Ed. Club allows students to continue developing premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The club is involved with local FFA chapters, as well as participating in cookouts, community service, and educational trips.
Ozark Fisheries & Wildlife Association
Ozark Fisheries & Wildlife Association provides students interested in the field of conservation, fisheries, and/or wildlife management an organization with the benefits of professional experience through activities like wildlife counts, and wilderness first aid training, deer aging workshops, and cookouts.
Horticulture Club provides additional opportunities in horticulture through social events, trips and speakers. Some activities of the club are community service projects, visiting horticultural gardens and industries, and participation in the College's fall Homecoming.
Collegiate Farm Bureau
Collegiate Farm Bureau allows students with an interest in agriculture the opportunity to be involved in campus and community activities. They partner with Bridges of Faith ministry to teach about sustainable agriculture, visit grade schools, host barnwarmings, and attend multiple Missouri and National Farm Bureau conferences and events.
Delta Tau Alpha
Delta Tau Alpha (DTA) is a selective national agriculture honor society. Qualifying is based upon the student’s cumulative grade point average and the number of credit hours completed in Agriculture courses. The purpose of Delta Tau Alpha is to promote and recognize high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character among agricultural students. DTA stands for “Dedicated to Agriculture” and is a chapter of one of the largest national agriculture honor societies. Activities typically include a Homecoming booth, a community benefit project, and a biennial Agriculture Career Symposium.