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Von Gruenigen Announced as 2019 Distinguished Alumna

SaraVard Von Gruenigen and Carla Hagan

EKU's Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that Ms. SaraVard Von Gruenigen has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2019.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Ag Student Wins 2019 KY Apprentice Bid Calling Championship

Seth with Bid Calling Championship plague

Seth Hembree, like many EKU students, has unique hobbies and talents outside of his academics. Seth is a junior Agribusiness Management student from Berea, Ky. Seth’s hobby, as well as employment, is in auctioneering. He began in 2016 with Ford Brothers.

EKU to Offer Agriculture Engineering Technology Concentration

Robotic milker

Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology, will begin offering a concentration in Agriculture Engineering Technology in the fall 2019 semester.

EKU Agriculture Students Awarded American FFA Degree

Keaton Marcum and Keeley Cooper

On October 27, 2018, Agriculture students Keeley Cooper and Keaton Marcum were recognized at the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Convention & Expo as candidates for the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization.  

Meadowbrook Adds Robotic Milking Facility

Robotic Milking Facility

A new robotic milker at Eastern Kentucky University’s Meadowbrook Farm will give students hands-on access to the latest technology and significantly increase milk production.

Field Trip to the Farm

School buses arrive from Glenn Marhsall Elementary with excited school children.

Local school children got a special treat for the end of their school year with a Field Trip to the Farm. The parade of yellow school buses brought elementary students from Glenn Marshall and Kirksville Elementary Schools to Meadowbrook Farm on Wednesday and Thursday, May 23-24, for a day of activities and fun.

Governor Hosts Cookout Featuring Kentucky Beef

Governor's cookout on the Capitol Lawn in Frankfort

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin showed his support for local beef farmers with a Cookout at the Capitol. 

EKU Farm Director Justin McKinney joined Governor Bevin and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on May 2nd as they fired up the grill. Kentucky ground beef patties were grilled on the Kentucky State Capitol lawn and then served to capitol goers and invited guests.

2017-18 AG Scholarship Recipients Announced

2017-18 Department of Agriculture scholarship recipients

During this spring’s BTS 400 Student Success Seminar: College to Careers, seven Agriculture students were awarded scholarships. Additionally, they presented the distinguished alumnus award for the agriculture department.

Shell Named AG 2018 Distinguished Alum

Jonathan Shell

EKU's Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that Rep. Jonathan Shell has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2018.

Rep. Shell will be honored during a presentation toward the end of the spring semester at the Department of Agriculture College to Careers senior seminar.

Meadowbrook Farms helps bring Kentucky beef into local Kroger stores

photo of locally raised Kentucky beef package

On March 20, 2018, National Agriculture Day, the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy joined Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Beef Solutions, LLC and Kroger today to mark the launch of Kentucky Cattlemen’s ground beef available at select Kentucky Kroger locations.

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