The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved activities related to personal interests, academic majors, and professional development. In addition, CFANS offers diversity and multicultural related programs as well as organizations that assist students in developing leadership skills. A few opportunities include:
The Agricultural Education Club is the oldest club on the St. Paul Campus and is open to anyone and everyone interested in Agricultural Education and FFA; you don't have to be an Agricultural Education major! We work with the Minnesota FFA Association and host a Fall and Winter Invitational, as well as assist with State Convention in the spring. The club networks with other colleges across the state and maintains relationships with agricultural companies. Fantastic opportunities await you in the Ag Ed Club! Members have traveled to Chicago, Costa Rica and Switzerland for educational study tours. Members may also have the opportunity to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.
Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA) is a National Professional Honorary for Agricultural Education. The Organization plays a vital role in the preparation of those who have chosen a major in agricultural education. At the national level, members from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities have competed in the events of debate team, quiz bowl, and program of excellence. These contests are typically offered in conjunction with the National FFA Convention during ATA National Conclave. In 2007, the national student president of ATA was Amanda Rasmussen and the national faculty president was Dr. Richard Joerger, both of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
The St. Paul Ambassadors are a voluntary, honorary organization consisting of undergraduate students from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. They assist in promoting the College to prospective students and their parents, alumni, potential donors, and friends of the College and University of Minnesota. Members participate in several events throughout the year and help host the annual State FFA Convention. Students who join this organization are usually outgoing, helpful and love the “U”. Every year, there are a significant amount of Ag Ed students who participate in this organization! Contact Lara Christly, Club Advisor for more information.