Ag Ed Ambassador Program is Growing and Changing!

Ag Ed Ambassadors

Pictured in the front row (left to right) are this year’s Ag Ambassadors: Michaela Gallup, Emma Hoversten and Emily Trout. Back row: Brandon Roiger, Sarah Lindholm (advisor), and Ethan Dado, Not pictured are Jacqueline Artymiuk-Moe and Nicole Krumrie.

In 2014, the Ag Ed Ambassador program was created to recruit and retain students within the Agricultural Education major. Now in its second year, the roles and responsibilities of the Ag Ed Ambassadors are expanding and being refined as we work to incorporate our Agricultural Communication and Marketing (ACM) students into the program. This may entail a name change!

The program was started to allow for more student involvement in recruitment and retention efforts - since often prospective and current students connect best to one another. Because of the demand for agricultural educators, communicators, and leaders, our program needs to promote and market the career options available to those who may not know about our programs. Using talented Ag Ed and ACM students to spread the message is a great use of our resources!

This year, Ag Ed Ambassadors were able to assist with activities at Urban Ag Day on campus, help students with science projects at Inver Hills Ag Academy, help facilitate the Change Lives Teach Ag Workshop, volunteer with the Ag Ed Sneak Preview, and were available for recruitment events and mentoring opportunities. After a busy fall on campus, watch for this program to expand even more this spring! Efforts will include delivering recruitment presentations at schools and organizations, facilitating sessions for prospective students who visit campus, and maintaining a social media presence for the division.

In the long run, the Ag Ed Ambassadors would like to offer a professional development opportunity for our own students while simultaneously developing a sustainable recruitment and retention plan that will attract and maintain student interest in our programs.

If you or someone you know would be interested in being an Ag Ed or ACM Ambassador next year, be on the lookout for signs on campus early spring semester or contact Sarah Lindholm at (612) 624-6242 or sarahL@umn.edu.