WKU Department of Agriculture and Food Science

WKU Department of Agriculture and Food Science Mission Statement: To prepare students for careers in Agriculture and the Food industries via teaching, applied research and outreach. Welcome to the Department of Agriculture at Western Kentucky University!
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The Department of Agriculture at Western Kentucky University is part of the Ogden College of Science and Engineering. Classrooms and laboratory facilities for Agriculture are located on the ground, first and second floors of the Environmental Science and Technology Building. The departmental office is in Room 269 of that building. Our University Farm is located a few miles south of the main campus on HWY 31W. The Farm is 810 acres which includes a Grade A Dairy, a classroom-mechanics laboratory facility, horticulture facilities, a beef handling facility, university beef and horse herds, and crop acreage. The farm serves as a laboratory to deliver "hands-on" educational experiences for our students. The L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center, also located on the Farm, serves as classroom space, as well as a hub for community related agricultural activities. The Expo provides a 315 seat sales arena and a 2,075 seat show arena. Mission Statement: To prepare students for careers in Agriculture and the Food industries via teaching, applied research and outreach

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Congratulations to all of our Spring 2021 Graduates! 🎓
04/30/2021

Congratulations to all of our Spring 2021 Graduates! 🎓

Congratulations to all of our Spring 2021 Graduates! 🎓

Congratulations to Andrew Wells for receiving the Outstanding Turfgrass Management Student Award!
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Andrew Wells for receiving the Outstanding Turfgrass Management Student Award!

Finally, Congratulations to Outstanding Turfgrass Management Student, Andrew Wells! It is well deserved. Keep up the good work, Andrew!

Born and raised in McCreary County Kentucky, where Andrew became fascinated with turf management by helping maintain his high school baseball field. After years of work experience and education at Western Kentucky University, he aspires to become a golf course superintendent of the highest caliber.

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Congratulations to Madelyne Taylor for receiving the Outstanding Horticulture Student Award!
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Madelyne Taylor for receiving the Outstanding Horticulture Student Award!

Madelyne Taylor is the recipient of the Outstanding Horticulture Student Award.

Madelyne Taylor grew up in Edmonson County, KY, where from an early age she loved anything that related to plants. Helping in the gardens at her parent’s venue, honing her landscaping and propagation skills, she quickly gained a passion that eventually led her to WKU’s Agriculture Department. For her, the Agriculture Department at WKU fed her desire to dive deep into the subject she was so committed to, and created a lifelong devotion. Madelyne is currently a senior majoring in Agriculture with a concentration in Horticulture and has had many influential experiences from her internships through WKU, including the Baker Arboretum and Shyne Labs.

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Congratulations to Hannah Price for receiving the Outstanding Floriculture Student Award!
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Hannah Price for receiving the Outstanding Floriculture Student Award!

The Outstanding Floriculture Student Award goes to Hannah Price.

"I am 19 year old's I am very passionate about the floral industry from growing to arranging to selling. Through these 2 years so far of my college career I had the opportunities to work on so many events around campus it has been a wonderful learning experience. I only hope for my knowledge and experience to grow as my time at WKU continues." Way to go, Hannah! Keep up the good work.

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Congratulations to Kadie Woods for receiving the Outstanding Animal Science Student Award!
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Kadie Woods for receiving the Outstanding Animal Science Student Award!

Congratulations to Kadie Woods, the 2021 WKU Department of Agriculture and Food Science's Outstanding Animal Science Student!

Kadie Woods is a senior majoring in Agriculture with concentrations in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Kadie is the daughter of Keena and Kevin Woods, both from Scottsville, KY. It was in Alvaton, KY at her grandparents where she discovered her love of animals and from the age of 5, declared she was going to be a veterinarian. She has plans to apply in the next cycle for veterinary school to become a mixed animal practitioner. Kadie would like to thank her family, friends, and the faculty and staff at the WKU Department of Agriculture for all of their support.

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Congratulations to Justin Holbrook for receiving the Outstanding Agronomy- Soil Science Student Award!
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Justin Holbrook for receiving the Outstanding Agronomy- Soil Science Student Award!

Justin Holbrook is the recipient of the Outstanding Agronomy - Soil Science Student Award.

"My passion for agriculture began when I was a child and has continued to grow during my time in the WKU Agriculture Program. I am pursing a Bachelor’s of Science with concentrations in Agronomy Plant and Soil Science and Ag-Systems. My knowledge in the use of cover crops and soil conservation has been greatly expanded thanks to my agronomy professors, Dr. Willian and Dr. Gilfillen. I am eager to begin my career in the Agriculture industry, and know what I have learned at WKU has prepared me for my future." We're proud of you, Justin! Keep up the good work!

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Congratulations to Mattie Mink for receiving the Outstanding Agricultural Education Student Award.
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Mattie Mink for receiving the Outstanding Agricultural Education Student Award.

The Outstanding - Agricultural Education Student title goes to Mattie Mink.

Mattie Mink is a senior in the Department of Agriculture and Food Science with a concentration in agricultural education and hails from Elizabethtown, KY. Mattie has been on the President’s list for five semesters and will appear again after a successful student teaching experience. She has represented the Department of Agriculture at National FFA Convention, Kentucky State FFA Convention, the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center and several other recruitment and retention events. She has been an Agriculture Ambassador and a member of the Agricultural Education Society serving as President. She is completing her student teaching at Meade County High School under Callie Hobbs in secondary agriculture. After completion, she plans to seek employment as a fulltime agriculture teacher in Kentucky.

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Congratulations to Malachi Huffaker for receiving the Outstanding Agribusiness Student Award!
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Malachi Huffaker for receiving the Outstanding Agribusiness Student Award!

Congratulations to Malachi Huffaker, the recipient of the Outstanding Agribusiness Student Award.

Malachi B. Huffaker, a Senior majoring in Agriculture & Food Science, received the Outstanding Agriculture Business Student Award. Malachi expects to graduate with summa cm laude honors in May of 2021. He will be receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Agribusiness. Malachi was involved heavily in Cru, a campus ministry at WKU. He currently has accepted a position with Cru for this upcoming year after graduation. He would like to thank his Cru community as well as all of his professors for their diligence, patience, and hard work during these last four years in helping him with his degree.

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Congratulations to Shelby Winchell for receiving the Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Agronomy- Plant Science aw...
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Shelby Winchell for receiving the Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Agronomy- Plant Science awards!

Receiving the Outstanding Senior Award and the Award for Outstanding Agronomy - Plant Science Student is Shelby Winchell.

Shelby Winchell is a Senior from Hawesville, KY studying Agriculture with a concentration in Agronomy and a minor in Sales. Shelby has been an active member of the Department of Agriculture and Food Science, including serving as one of the department's faculty-elected Agriculture Ambassadors. Shelby will graduate in December 2021 and plans to enter the workforce as an Agronomist or a Sales Representative.

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Congratulations to Ben Duncan, the recipient of the Elmer Gray Outstanding Graduate Student Award!
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Ben Duncan, the recipient of the Elmer Gray Outstanding Graduate Student Award!

Continuing our week of student awards and recognition, we have the students from the WKU Department of Agriculture and Food Science. Kicking us off is Ben Duncan, the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Ben was born in Carlisle, KY. He came to Western Kentucky University for undergrad receiving bachelor degrees in Public Relations and Turfgrass Management. He attended graduate school at Western Kentucky University to obtain a Masters degree in Agriculture with research based in Turfgrass Management. After obtaining his Masters degree, Ben plans to stay in Bowling Green and continue his position as an assistant superintendent at Bowling Green Country Club and continue to work in the golf course industry.

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04/15/2021

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Today is WKU’s Day of Caring! Join us in celebrating the accomplishments our college has made despite times of uncertainty and challenges. And our relaunched Western Kentucky University Equestrian Team is one of the best examples of bringing #TogetherWKU.

"There's something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man," rings true,
especially during challenging times. Luckily, agriculture remains an essential sector and horseback riding requires social distancing of at least 6ft, pandemic or not.

The Covid pandemic threatened isolation but, as a college, we had to respond with creative ways to stay connected to best serve our students. What better way to connect a group of like minded individuals than re-establishing a team - The WKU Equestrian Team, a competitive intercollegiate horsemanship organization.

It required a shared vision and goals, cooperation, and strong leadership on the part of all student officers who wished to spearhead the effort. It required help from alumni who had been part of the team years past, and equine community members who wanted to see it succeed. It required a supportive staff and faculty in the Department of Agriculture and Food Science. It took a village but the excitement and pride on team members' masked faces at each show proved that the team was a success.

It fostered a feeling of community within the student equestrians at WKU, reprieve from outside stressors of constant reminders of the Covid crisis, and connection to not only each other but with the horses as well.

Our region was one of the three out of the 36 in the nation to participate in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association shows both Fall and Spring semesters. The team was comprised of 17 members and each won ribbons and prizes but most importantly, they persevered and created a team that will continue to serve all equestrians at WKU. Next year, we will climb even higher.

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Congratulations to Tori Willis on the successful defense of her graduate work on the effect of supplemental garlic on th...
04/09/2021

Congratulations to Tori Willis on the successful defense of her graduate work on the effect of supplemental garlic on the incidence of anemia in horses!

Congratulations to Tori Willis on the successful defense of her graduate work on the effect of supplemental garlic on the incidence of anemia in horses!

Congratulations to Emily Cook on the successful defense of her graduate work on evaluation of supplementing whole cotton...
04/08/2021

Congratulations to Emily Cook on the successful defense of her graduate work on evaluation of supplementing whole cottonseed within feedlot rations during the stocker phase of production with the goal of increasing average daily gain. Emily will begin her career with ADM Animal Nutrition working in pricing and formulations after graduation.

Congratulations to Emily Cook on the successful defense of her graduate work on evaluation of supplementing whole cottonseed within feedlot rations during the stocker phase of production with the goal of increasing average daily gain. Emily will begin her career with ADM Animal Nutrition working in pricing and formulations after graduation.

‼️Students graduating Spring 2021!!!‼️🎓Help us recognize you at Commencement!🎓 Congratulations on your upcoming graduati...
04/05/2021
WKU Commencement Reading of Names with Photo and Video Submissions | Western Kentucky University

‼️Students graduating Spring 2021!!!‼️
🎓Help us recognize you at Commencement!🎓

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We are excited to celebrate you at Commencement in a few weeks, but we need your help to ensure that you get the individual recognition that you deserve.

During the reading of the names at Commencement, there will be an accompanying slide on the video board with each participating graduate's photo/video and information.

You may have already received a text message with instructions to complete your information and upload your picture or video for a Commencement slide. If you have already submitted your information and photo/video, you do not need to take any further action.

If you would like your Commencement slide to be displayed and your name to be read, you must visit the link provided in the text message and submit your information and photo/video no later than Wednesday, April 7.

If you did not receive the text message, we may not have an accurate phone number for you on file. In order to be individually recognized at Commencement, you will need to opt-in to the text messages and submit your information and photo/video before April 7.

To opt-in, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 graduates can text May1 to 2702781258 (no dash or hyphen marks). Texts must not include spaces. Texting this message will generate a unique link to visit with instructions to submit your information and upload your picture/video.

If you do not submit your information, you will not be individually recognized during the ceremony. You do not have to be physically present at Commencement to be individually recognized.

The deadline to submit your information and picture/video is Wednesday, April 7.

For more information about photo/video guidelines, please visit: https://www.wku.edu/commencement/recognition-of-graduates/index.php

WKU Commencement Reading of Names with Photo and Video Submissions

Congratulations to Ben Duncan on successful defense of his graduate work on solid matrix priming of cool season grasses.
04/02/2021

Congratulations to Ben Duncan on successful defense of his graduate work on solid matrix priming of cool season grasses.

Congratulations to Ben Duncan on successful defense of his graduate work on solid matrix priming of cool season grasses.

HORT 209 Advanced Floral Design class taught by Mr. Roger Dennis
03/23/2021

HORT 209 Advanced Floral Design class taught by Mr. Roger Dennis

03/19/2021
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Before, during, and after pictures of the waterbeds being replaced at the dairy with new mattresses that were donated by...
03/15/2021

Before, during, and after pictures of the waterbeds being replaced at the dairy with new mattresses that were donated by Dutch Mountain Cow Mattresses. The WKU Dairy herd is the first in the U.S. to have these mattresses.

Dr. Dan Strunk’s Plant Science Lab is assisting Mr. Roger Dennis with putting new plastic on the high tunnels used for v...
03/05/2021

Dr. Dan Strunk’s Plant Science Lab is assisting Mr. Roger Dennis with putting new plastic on the high tunnels used for vegetable production. #wku #wkuagriculture

Dr. Dan Strunk’s Plant Science Lab is assisting Mr. Roger Dennis with putting new plastic on the high tunnels used for vegetable production. #wku #wkuagriculture

02/14/2021

ALL WKU classes are canceled and offices closed Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 15-16) due to the anticipated snow. Roads and sidewalks are expected to become hazardous and everyone is encouraged to avoid travel.

02/12/2021

Offices at all WKU campuses will remained closed and in-person classes canceled for Friday (Feb. 12). Remote learning will continue and employees who can work from home are encouraged to do so. Everyone is encouraged to stay off the roads and sidewalks if possible until the ice is cleared.

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02/10/2021

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Offices at all WKU campuses will be closed and in-person classes have been canceled for Thursday, February 11 because of the potential for a significant ice storm.

Remote learning will continue and employees who can work from home are encouraged to do so. Everyone is encouraged to stay off the roads and sidewalks if possible until the ice is cleared.

Check www.wku.edu for the latest information.

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Can I volunteer to just bottle feed the baby cows?
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That’s a wrap on the 92nd National FFA Convention!
Future Hilltoppers spotted at the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Join the 65,000 FFA youth in Indy this week and celebrate student success in agriculture. Stop by the WKU booth and visit Dr. Kingery and the AgEd students to see how you can reach greater heights by attending Western Kentucky University.
WKU and Big Red are ready to roll at the Allen County Ag. Day in Scottsville, KY. Stop by and see us today from 10:00 to 2:00.
Congratulations to Arlee Blaker for receiving the WKU Agricultural Education Society Crystal Eagle Award. Mrs. Blaker has been teaching five plus years and has been providing STEM themed lessons that are providing her students unique opportunities to learn about Agriculture.
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Drop by the Agricultural booth at the Ky State FFA Convention! Abby and Riley would love to talk to future Hilltoppers and Agricultural Education Teachers!