Tag Archives: Leadership

Agricultural Education and Personal Growth

By: Samantha Voges The alarm clock rang at 6:30 on a Saturday morning. Most high school students would not even begin to imagine being up at this hour on a weekend. Kylie Bennett, student at Texas A&M reminisces one of her experiences from her time in FFA when she was in high school. Bennett recalls being up at this hour every morning to get to the barn in time to feed and work her show pigs before her day was off to a start. Once she was at… Read More →

Ag Media Summit

By: Amantha Hons The temperature in the Arizona desert was nearing 90 degrees on Friday morning and the dry breeze felt like someone had pointed a hair dryer in your face. My group and I stepped off the charter bus into the sandy soil of a jalapeño pepper farm, the rows of bright green plants a stark contrast to the reds and browns of the desert landscape behind them. We gathered around the farm owner, Rob Knorr, as he talked about the new processes and technologies he had… Read More →

Hundreds participate in Farm & Ranch Tour

Henderson County Farm & Ranch Tour speaker Jim Mazurkiewicz said rural places like Henderson County continue to fill the agriculture needs of the nation, but the percentage of agriculturalists in the U.S. continues to shrink. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., is the leadership program director for Texas AgriLife Extension. His career includes 20 years as an extension agent before moving to College Station, where he headed up Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program. “Today 99 percent are in the city,” Mazurkiewicz said. “Less than one percent of the people are actually… Read More →

Helping New Agricultural Leaders Hit the Bull’s-eye

May 20, 2015 Today’s agricultural leaders, educators and communicators have a moving target to hit in their industries. Information that once would have taken weeks and months to generate can now be found in a few minutes. Today’s communication and education professionals have instant access to nearly unlimited amounts of information which they can disseminate to the world in just seconds. It’s an exciting time, but keeping up with the latest tools and techniques can feel like aiming an arrow at a moving target while running on a… Read More →

AgriLife Advanced Leaders Program – Building Leaders and Lasting Relationships

By: Patricia Ward Texas A&M AgriLife’s Advanced Leadership Program enhancing leadership and personal development skills. As part of an 18-month program, cohort members participate in leadership activities and develop lasting professional relationships with members across the different agencies. Cohort III is comprised of 15 members employed under the different AgriLife agencies. The group meets several times a year to develop members’ leadership skills, enhance understanding of the Texas A&M System and its land-grant mission. Associate Professor Julie Harlin, Ph.D., along with recent ALEC graduate Courtney Dodd, Ph.D., are… Read More →

New Assistant Lecturer, Dr. Erica Bobbitt

With a diverse background in Agriculture and Extension Education, Erica Bobbitt, Ph.D., brings a “give it your all” attitude to the department and her students. Her past education includes degrees  from Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. She brings a welcome perspective to the ALEC fmaily. Bobbitt teaches four undergraduate classes that focus on leadership development, leadership education, and leading change. Her past academic positions at Pennsylvania State University have helped prepare her for developing Texas A&M students into agricultural leaders. “Every profession I’ve had has prepared… Read More →

Collegiate FFA Builds a Legacy

Texas A&M University’s Collegiate FFA is making a difference for high school FFA members by providing them with their blue corduroy jackets through the #maroongivesblue campaign. Re-established in 2012, the Collegiate FFA is formulating a program that gives back to the community and helps provide more opportunities for local high school FFA students. The #maroongivesblue campaign will highlight and reward dedicated and deserving FFA students with their blue corduroy jackets. “We are going to find sponsors and make sure that every FFA member that needs and deserves a… Read More →

Leading Change in Costa Rica

  By: Patricia Ward This winter, 17 students spent two weeks exploring agriculture in Costa Rica. Led by Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs Timothy Murphy, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Roger Hanagriff, Ph.D., students gained a better appreciation for different agriculture practices. Offering credit for ALED 440 and 485, this study abroad trip focused on leading change in Costa Rica. Each morning of the trip was spent visiting and exploring different farms. Farms visited were ones that used regenerative and organic practices. Farmers at one place, Hannagriff… Read More →

TALL Welcomes New Cohort

By: Meagan Brown The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership recently finished its 13th cohort and welcomed the 14th class in June 2014. Housed in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, TALL is a competitive leadership development program for those who are involved in Texas agriculture industry. The program involves a two-year curriculum in which the class members will develop their leadership skills and expand their knowledge of the current issues in agriculture. According to the TALL website, each student will receive 455 hours of intensive training which… Read More →

Spotlight: Student Embodies Leadership

By: Meagan Brown Leadership is one of the six core values that Texas A&M University strives to instill in each student. Yashwant Prakash Vyas, a leadership studies minor, has taken his role as a leader in stride. During his time at A&M, Vyas has participated in many community service programs, leadership opportunities, and university related events, all of which support his coursework in LDAG, a minor housed in the ALEC department. Vyas transferred to A&M from a university in India, where he is originally from, to complete his… Read More →