ACU Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department

ACU Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department Our mission is to educate students for Christian stewardship of sustainable agricultural and environmental systems throughout the world.
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We are adding a greenhouse to the McDaniel House!  Once completed it will house Kratky, Dutch Bucket, and Channel hydrop...
02/08/2021

We are adding a greenhouse to the McDaniel House! Once completed it will house Kratky, Dutch Bucket, and Channel hydroponics systems.

This week in Soil Science lab students were learning about soil structure.  They learned how to use Munsell Soil Color C...
01/27/2021

This week in Soil Science lab students were learning about soil structure. They learned how to use Munsell Soil Color Charts, and methods of classifying soils based on their texture. In the pictures the students are using the Bouyoucos hydrometer method to determine the amounts of sand silt and clay in their soil samples. Next up, going into the field and jumping into soil pits!

Wolves doing better, and Colorado wants more!As the USFWS moved to remove the gray wolf from federal protection, Colorad...
11/12/2020
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Wolves doing better, and Colorado wants more!

As the USFWS moved to remove the gray wolf from federal protection, Colorado voters passed a groundbreaking ballot initiative to bring wolves back. The initiative mandates that Colorado Parks and Wildlife develop a wolf re-introduction plan. For several years, wolves have been spotted in northwest Colorado, but there is no evidence that they have made a home in Colorado yet. Click on the link for more information.

https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/CON-Wolf-Management.aspx

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. The agency​ manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. CPW issues hunting and fishing licenses...

Congratulations to the 2020 DTA Inductees!  Pictured are Hannah Valvano, Dallas Tausch, Sarrah Kortz, and Clarrissa Flor...
11/04/2020

Congratulations to the 2020 DTA Inductees! Pictured are Hannah Valvano, Dallas Tausch, Sarrah Kortz, and Clarrissa Flores. Not pictured are Abigail Williams and Katelyn Zak.

2019 DTA Inductees are now official DTA members!  Congratulations to Grace Russell, Hayden Griffen, Kierstyn Carpenter, ...
11/03/2020

2019 DTA Inductees are now official DTA members! Congratulations to Grace Russell, Hayden Griffen, Kierstyn Carpenter, and Rocio Rosales. Here are some pictures from the Induction ceremony in 2019.

Please join us October 26-28 for ACU Summit "Creation Care"! https://www.acusummit.org/creation-care
10/19/2020
Creation Care — ACU Summit

Please join us October 26-28 for ACU Summit "Creation Care"! https://www.acusummit.org/creation-care

The modern environmental movement has both attracted and repelled Christians. We argue that its core concept, the care and stewarding of the creation, should be an essential component of Christian belief. In this pathway, we discuss the theology of environmental stewardship. An ACU Summit pathway.

Congratulations to Dr. Kendra Jernigan, 2020 Young Professional of the Year, and Chuck Milner, 2020 Alumnus of the Year!
10/19/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Kendra Jernigan, 2020 Young Professional of the Year, and Chuck Milner, 2020 Alumnus of the Year!

With the changes to Homecoming resulting from the pandemic, we will not be able to have our normal Homecoming Awards Ban...
10/13/2020
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With the changes to Homecoming resulting from the pandemic, we will not be able to have our normal Homecoming Awards Banquet. However, we still want recognize our scholarship and award winners, as well as let people know about happenings within the A&E department. We invite you to join our virtual awards celebration next Friday, October 16, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Hope to see you then!

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In General Animal Science, students formed teams and each team learned specific skills.  Last week in lab, the groups de...
10/13/2020

In General Animal Science, students formed teams and each team learned specific skills. Last week in lab, the groups demonstrated what they learned and taught the rest of the class. Activities included:

-Breeds, care and handling of guard dogs
-How to halter, saddle, mount and ride a horse
-Types of ropes and roping farm animals
-Tattoo, ear tag and branding - freeze and fire branding
-Nutrients feeds, what is in a feed sack and how to read a feed tag
-Basic fence building, types of fences and material and using fence building tools

The 3rd Annual Dove Hunt was a success!  A big thank you to all who participated.  Because of you, enough money was rais...
09/28/2020

The 3rd Annual Dove Hunt was a success! A big thank you to all who participated. Because of you, enough money was raised to cover the expenses of our ACU chapter members at this year's Wildlife Society Conference!

Did you know that ACU is the largest Texas university using 100% renewable energy?  See the ACU Today article.https://ac...
09/25/2020
ACU largest Texas university using 100% renewable energy - ACU Today | Abilene Christian University

Did you know that ACU is the largest Texas university using 100% renewable energy? See the ACU Today article.
https://acu.today/2020/08/27/acu-largest-texas-university-using-100-renewable-energy/?utm_source=Compass%20Email&utm_medium=ACU%20Main&utm_campaign=Renewable%20Energy%20Press%20Release&utm_term=Fall%202020

Abilene Christian University is now the largest college in Texas powered entirely with renewable energy, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. The report ranks colleges and universities across the country in key energy sustainability metrics. More than 40 currently...

It's been a month, and ACU has not gone to all online classes yet! (fingers crossed).  The first week of school the AES ...
09/22/2020

It's been a month, and ACU has not gone to all online classes yet! (fingers crossed). The first week of school the AES club had its traditional back-to-school get together at the Rhoden. Even with the Covid restrictions, we had a good turnout, and a great time.

After months of waiting, our May 2020 graduates finally got the chance to walk across the stage, this time in Wildcat St...
08/09/2020

After months of waiting, our May 2020 graduates finally got the chance to walk across the stage, this time in Wildcat Stadium! Congratulations to all. To those who could not be there, we missed you! Our graduates:
ReAnna Carpenter, Environmental Science
Corbin Craft, Agribusiness
Kendall Hydock, Environmental Science
Koen Kraner, Environmental Science
Kaitlyn Smith, Animal Science
Daniel Wright, Environmental Science

02/17/2020
Ewe Lamb Show-San Angelo 2020

Our Block and Bridle show team's debut show was this past Sunday at the San Angelo Stock Show. Here's a clip of how we did in the ewe lamb class.

This Sunday, Block and Bridle's show team showed two of our rambouillet ewes in both the ewe lamb class and the pair of ...
02/17/2020

This Sunday, Block and Bridle's show team showed two of our rambouillet ewes in both the ewe lamb class and the pair of ewes class at the San Angelo Stock Show. After the hours put into breaking the sheep to lead and fitting them, we are happy to report that there were no injuries or hiccups in the show. We can't wait to see what the next show season has in store for us!

This Sunday, Block and Bridle's show team showed two of our rambouillet ewes in both the ewe lamb class and the pair of ewes class at the San Angelo Stock Show. After the hours put into breaking the sheep to lead and fitting them, we are happy to report that there were no injuries or hiccups in the show. We can't wait to see what the next show season has in store for us!

Congratulations to our December graduates!  Geoff Jasper, Destiny Melendez, and Rebekah Poe walked across the stage in M...
01/02/2020

Congratulations to our December graduates! Geoff Jasper, Destiny Melendez, and Rebekah Poe walked across the stage in Moody Colosseum December 13th. The closing of one chapter in your life and the opening of another. We’re proud of you and pray God blesses you in your next adventure.

Beast Feast!Monday ACU TWS hosted the annual Beast Feast and white elephant gift exchange.  Turnout was a little light o...
12/13/2019

Beast Feast!
Monday ACU TWS hosted the annual Beast Feast and white elephant gift exchange. Turnout was a little light on this cool, drizzly day. But everyone there had a good time. The wild game was heavy on venison, with Ryan Cobb’s bacon wrapped backstrap as the centerpiece dish. Taylor Tinnel was the recipient of Ed the Goose, who she will guard carefully until next year’s exchange.

Burn, Baby, Burn!  On Saturday the Range Ecology class helped conduct a prescribed burn at the Rhoden Field Lab.  We try...
12/13/2019

Burn, Baby, Burn!
On Saturday the Range Ecology class helped conduct a prescribed burn at the Rhoden Field Lab. We try to burn at least one section of the property every winter. It’s good for the land, and great experience for the students. And this was Riley Morrow’s first burn as Burn Boss. Congratulations Riley! It started out slow, but finished strong. Overall, it was a good burn of about 20 acres. We also started conducting research with this burn. Ten thermocouples were placed at five prickly pear clumps to measure temperatures at the burn and how they related to fuel loads. Analysis of the data collected and follow-up measurements of prickly pear response will be conducted by the Range Science class next semester.

Last Thursday was the A&E Faculty/Staff Christmas Party.  Riley and Carly Morrow hosted at the Rhoden Big House. (Thank ...
12/12/2019

Last Thursday was the A&E Faculty/Staff Christmas Party. Riley and Carly Morrow hosted at the Rhoden Big House. (Thank you!) We had lots of fun with games, a white elephant gift exchange, and more food than we could eat. We missed those of you who couldn’t come. Maybe next year?

Today we inducted four students into Delta Tau Alpha (DTA), the agricultural honor society.  To qualify, students have t...
11/20/2019

Today we inducted four students into Delta Tau Alpha (DTA), the agricultural honor society. To qualify, students have to have a 3.2 GPA and be in the top 35% of their class. Inducted today were Kierstyn Carpenter, Hayden Griffin, Rocio Rosales and Grace Russell. Congratulations! We're proud of all of you!

Barn Dance 2019!It was a chilly night on Friday November 8th.  But those that braved the cold had a great time at the an...
11/20/2019

Barn Dance 2019!
It was a chilly night on Friday November 8th. But those that braved the cold had a great time at the annual AES barn dance. Two-stepping and line dancing were broken up by trips to the fire for warmth and s'mores. A hay ride under the night sky topped off the evening. Thanks to the organizers and all the volunteers that set up and took down afterward. The next big club event will be the Beast Feast and white elephant gift exchange on dead day!

Last weekend was Homecoming at ACU!  AES Club entered a float “Monster Mash: Fear the Farm” and won 1st place in its div...
10/28/2019

Last weekend was Homecoming at ACU! AES Club entered a float “Monster Mash: Fear the Farm” and won 1st place in its division (again). We also had good attendance at the A&E Awards Banquet. While we feasted on brisket from Sharon’s BBQ, we honored our student scholarship winners. We also honored Timber Barkley (class of 2010) as the Young Professional of the Year, and Dr. Larry Kelly (class of 1968) as Alumnus of the Year. Congratulations to all of you!

Today, we had several people attend the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Missions Luncheon.  Mr. Jonathan Grant, ...
09/16/2019

Today, we had several people attend the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Missions Luncheon. Mr. Jonathan Grant, the Executive Director of World Hunger Relief, spoke about his organization which is based near Waco, TX. World Hunger Relief is a Christian organization committed to training people in sustainable agriculture and community development. It was a great opportunity for food and fellowship.

We have sheep! We have acquired several Rambouillet ewes and a little buck. Additional lambs are also expected! The Rhod...
09/12/2019

We have sheep! We have acquired several Rambouillet ewes and a little buck. Additional lambs are also expected! The Rhoden Field Laboratory has decided to diversify its species of livestock to provide additional hands-on experience for our students. Registered ewes will be raised, prepped, and shown in multiple livestock shows by our undergraduate students.

In addition to increased student learning opportunities, our sheep will be a complement to the Rhoden Field Laboratories current grazing techniques.

Pictured is Katelyn Zak (Junior, Wildlife & Natural Resources Management major) and Dr. Adam McGee. Big thank you to Dr. McGee in the acquisition of the sheep.

"To kick off their labs this semester, the water resources class last Friday toured the ACU campus and learn about on ca...
09/06/2019

"To kick off their labs this semester, the water resources class last Friday toured the ACU campus and learn about on campus water conservation efforts. Mr. Scott Warren and Mr. David Scott from ACU Landscape and Grounds helped facilitate the tour."

The AES Club had its annual Back to School Barbecue last night. It consisted of amazing burgers, hot dogs, an ice cream ...
08/30/2019

The AES Club had its annual Back to School Barbecue last night. It consisted of amazing burgers, hot dogs, an ice cream bar, and games. We loved hosting new and returning students in the club and enjoyed getting to know everyone. We'd like to give a special shout out to our egg toss tournament winners-Koen Kraner and Ryan Cobb, our corn hole tournament winners-Nathan Griffin and Madison, our grill masters-Nathan Schroeder and Ryan Cobb, our supplies duo-Bryanna Aguilar and ReAnna Carpenter, and all those people that helped make the night a great success! We can't wait to see everyone at the club game night coming up next week!

A new semester has started!  In their 1st lab, our introduction to agricultural and environmental systems class had a fu...
08/28/2019

A new semester has started! In their 1st lab, our introduction to agricultural and environmental systems class had a fun time touring the Rhoden Field Laboratory.
We spent time discussing the shop, greenhouse, hydroponics, raised beds, orchard, and livestock. We also highlighted some of the research projects happening this semester.

Over the summer, the Rhoden Field Laboratory hosted 24 high school students from Ibaraki, Japan for a day spent having t...
08/21/2019

Over the summer, the Rhoden Field Laboratory hosted 24 high school students from Ibaraki, Japan for a day spent having the "Texas" experience. Students from Ibaraki visit ACU for a 3 week Intensive English Summer Camp every year and enjoy visiting the Rhoden to pet calves, goats, and to ride horses. Lots of smiles and laughter are a common occurrence during their visit.

Special thanks to Dr. Adam McGee, Farm Manager Riley Morrow, Dr. Carly Morrow, and Yukari Sekine in facilitating their visit.

07/22/2019

This past week we had the opportunity to have a booth at the Texas FFA Convention. It was a great opportunity to visit with many great students and Ag teachers from around the state. Not only did we get to tell them what a great program we have, 99 high school students and 32 teachers filled out information sheets!

We are getting sheep!!!   After discussions about grazing methods with the NRCS and within our department we feel that a...
07/18/2019

We are getting sheep!!! After discussions
about grazing methods with the NRCS and within our department we feel that adding sheep to the Rhoden Field Lab will provide a better grazing complement to our current livestock and provide additional educational opportunities for our students both in and out of the class. We are currently looking for approximately 10 registered Rambouillet ewes and a ram to begin our flock. If you are interested in helping with this endeavor in any way please contact Adam McGee, Riley Morrow, or Jim Carpenter.

If you are at 4-H Roundup in College Station this week stop by the ACU booth on the concourse around Reed Arena, visit w...
06/12/2019

If you are at 4-H Roundup in College Station this week stop by the ACU booth on the concourse around Reed Arena, visit with Dr. McGee, and pick up some free stuff.

Saturday May 11, a day 10 of our students had been anticipating a loooong time!  It finally came, and they all walked ac...
05/15/2019

Saturday May 11, a day 10 of our students had been anticipating a loooong time! It finally came, and they all walked across that stage in Moody, and into the next stage of their lives. We are so proud of all of you. Congratulations Class of 2019! We’re excited to see what you will do next!

Celebrating our graduatesThursday May 9 the A&E department held its annual Senior Banquet at the Hunter Welcome Center. ...
05/15/2019

Celebrating our graduates
Thursday May 9 the A&E department held its annual Senior Banquet at the Hunter Welcome Center. We celebrated the seniors graduating in May and December of 2019. We also introduced our club officers for 2019-2020. Three students were honored with awards. Cassie Creech received the Willard Paine Outstanding Senior Award. Kaitlyn Smith received the Anabel Reid Service. And Gerald Zuniga was voted by the students as the Freshman of the Year.

New DTA officers for 2019-2020 were also installed.
05/02/2019

New DTA officers for 2019-2020 were also installed.

Congratulations to the new members inducted into the Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honor Society this morning during AES ...
05/02/2019

Congratulations to the new members inducted into the Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honor Society this morning during AES chapel. This is a well deserved honor. Keep up the good work.

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The commitment to the betterment of our environment and the earths sustainability found on this page is truly inspiring to see. I think we can all agree that our health, and the health of our planet are connected! Something equally inspiring is the new trailer up on YouTube for "Kiss the Ground". A solution based documentary from activist's/director's Rebecca & Josh Tickell. Join the global watch party this September 22nd for their feature length documentary on Netflix!
I wanted the A&E family to know about a free concert that will be on campus, Sept. 18, Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. in ACU's Cullen Auditorium. Please come listen and participate in a worship experience with United Voice Worship during the ACU Summit event. Mark it on your calendars!