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Agriculture Student Organizations

These student activities and organizations are sponsored by the Agriculture Department. Several are open to students of any major.


Judging Teams

Any undergraduate students interested in improving their oral and written communication, organizational skills, time management and teamwork strategies can get involved with the judging teams. These are the judging categories available and the competitions they participate in:


Agribusiness Student Association

The Agribusiness Student Association (ABSA) seeks to bring together and develop leaders and scholars with a passion for agribusiness, agricultural economics, and agricultural policy and is open to any ASU students interested in these fields.

In addition to promoting relationships among students involved, club members can develop their leadership, management, and communication skills as they organize fundraising, service, and social activities for the organization. Members can also network with students and faculty from other universities when they travel to national and regional conferences as part of the agricultural economics quiz bowl team.


Block & Bridle Club

The Block & Bridle Club is committed to being involved on campus, in the community and in the field of agriculture. The club is open to all students and is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture.

For more information, contact faculty advisers Corey Owens, corey.owens@angelo.edu.


Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society

Delta Tau Alpha (DTA) is a national agriculture honor society of men and women who have in common their achievements in scholarship, leadership and character. The name Delta Tau Alpha means “Dedicated to Agriculture.”

Requirements for Membership

For more information, contact faculty adviser Dr. Loree Branham, loree.branham@angelo.edu.


Meat and Food Science Association

The Meat and Food Science Association (MFSA) promotes scholastic achievement for students pursuing a degree in animal science with a focus on meat science and/or food science.

The club is open to any ASU students interested in expanding their knowledge of the meat production industry or who are interested in the many aspects of food science. The MFSA organizes fundraising events to support the association, undergraduate research, scholarships and undergraduate/graduate student travel to national meetings.

For more information, contact faculty advisers Dr. Loree Branham, loree.branham@angelo.edu and Dr. John Kellermeier, john.kellermeier@angelo.edu.


Pre-Veterinary Society

The Pre-Veterinary Society is a student organization which aims to provide a variety of educational and career development opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in the field of veterinary medicine. The organization is open to all students interested in expanding their knowledge and experiences in animal medicine. The society helps organize and promote volunteer opportunities that improve students’ applications when applying for graduate and veterinary medicine programs. Through these experiential learning opportunities, students not only gain industry experience but also develop communication, organization, and other valuable leadership skills.


RAMS (Recruiting Ag Majors)

RAMS is an organization that comprises undergraduate and graduate students from within the department who are selected by faculty based on service, scholarship and public speaking skills.

These students serve as ambassadors for ASU and the Ag Department while traveling around the state to various conferences, public schools, colleges, and universities with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness of ASU and increasing enrollment within the department.

The student recruiters are also responsible for hosting tours of the Management, Instruction and Research Center, Food Safety and Product Development Laboratory, Mayer-Rousselot Agriculture Education Training Center, and University Ranch. They also assist faculty at various campus events such as Discover ASU, True Blue Friday, and New Student Orientation.

For more information, contact Corey Owens, corey.owens@angelo.edu in the Agriculture Department.


Intercollegiate Quiz Bowls

Meat Science

The Intercollegiate Undergraduate Meat Science Quiz Bowl is a friendly competition designed for students interested in the meat science and/or food science field.

To compete at the national level, participants are expected to research and be familiar with topics related to food safety, meat quality, meat grading, inspection, muscle physiology, animal anatomy, food product development and current events in the food industry.

For more information about the Meat Science Quiz Bowl, contact faculty adviser Dr. Loree Branham, loree.branham@angelo.edu and Dr. John Kellermeier, john.kellermeier@angelo.edu.

Agriculture Economics

The Intercollegiate Agriculture Economics Quiz Bowl team offers opportunities that can enhance your college experience and individual career potential. The benefits include industry contacts, university contacts and teamwork experience. 

Many professionals view quiz bowl participants as students who work hard and enjoy challenges. Quiz bowl participants are more adequately prepared for graduate school or obtaining employment in agribusiness industries.

For more information, contact faculty advisors Dr. Andrew Wright, andrew.wright@angelo.edu or English Ratliff, english.ratliff@angelo.edu.

Get Involved

Interested in any of these student organizations? Contact the Agriculture Department for more information.

Professional Societies