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Spring 2003 - Agriculturally speaking

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Agriculturally speaking

By Marimar Rosario

No, agricultural communication students don't understand animals. They don't understand cows when they go "MOO!" or talk to tomatoes.

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Photo provided by Department of Agricultural Communication

Agricultural communication students can be involved with the student organization Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. ACT members,(left to right) Barney Haney, Meggie Issler and Michelle Betz, go bowling one night during last year's ACT National Convention in Reno, Nev.

Simply put, agricultural communication students study the principles of communication and learn how to apply them in disseminating information about food, agriculture and natural resources.

At Purdue University, agricultural communication students learn about the different disciplines that their major encompasses. Students of this program take classes such as AGR 460: "Agricultural Publishing," the class responsible for this publication, and COM 252: "Journalistic Writing."

The agricultural communication curriculum is designed to help students develop their skills in many areas and experiment with different disciplines. "I think I'll walk away with a greater ability to voice my ideas and an appreciation for the agriculture industry as a whole," said Mallory Tarr, a freshman in agricultural communication from Franklin, Ind.

Not only does Purdue's agricultural communication curriculum offer a vast array of classes, but it also offers students the opportunity to study abroad and get internships in many areas of the field.

"Agricultural communication offers its students many opportunities that enable them to communicate about the science and busienss of agriculture as well as help people better understand the importance of agriculture," said Jennifer Doup, academic advisor and agricultural communication graduate.