Agriculture Student Organizations: Then and Now


Purdue Agriculture has had student organizations for a long time. Early records show the Purdue Farm Club was organized on December 11, 1893, and was reorganized into the Purdue Agricultural Society on December 16, 1897. It served both bachelor’s degree and Winter Short Course students until November 1899.

A Winter Short Course Society was also formed. There was at least one joint meeting of the two societies in the following years.

photo of Agricultural Society Hall, 1906

Agricultural Society Hall, 1906

The Purdue Agricultural Society focused on both professional and social development. Most meetings had student presentations on special topics or their thesis work. Also, faculty and outside speakers gave presentations. Music was a priority at meetings as shown by the piano in the decorated Agricultural Society Hall located in Agriculture Hall, now Pfendler Hall.

Members of The Agricultural Society formed the The Purdue Agriculturistmagazine that was first published in December 1906. For more than sixty years, students recorded much of the early Purdue Agriculture history in the magazine.

With the formation of academic departments and academic majors in the early 1900s, The Agricultural Society gave way to departmental student organizations in the 1920s and 1930s.

Fast forward to today when 59 Agriculture student organizations are listed on the college’s web page. Perhaps this expansion is the very best testimony to the phenomenal expansion of diverse educational opportunities provided to College of Agriculture undergraduate students over the past 125 years.

Student Organizations: July 2018

  • Agricultural Council
  • Ag Ambassadors
  • Agribusiness Club
  • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
  • Agricultural Economics Envoys
  • Agricultural Systems Management Club
  • Agronomy Ambassadors
  • Agronomy Club
  • Alpha Mu
  • Alpha Zeta
  • American Fisheries Society
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Animal Sciences Ambassadors
  • Avian Science Club
  • Biochemistry Club
  • Biological and Food Process Engineering Club
  • Block & Bridle Club
  • Botany Club
  • Collegiate FFA Club
  • Dairy Club
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Environmental Science Club
  • Farm Management Club
  • Food Science Club
  • Forensic Science Club
  • Forest Products Society
  • Forestry and Natural Resources Ambassador Program
  • Forestry and Natural Resources Student Council
  • Full Circle Agriculture at Purdue University
  • Heifer International Club
  • Helping Paws
  • Horticulture Society
  • Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators-Purdue
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Collegiate Chapter at Purdue
  • International Agricultural Ambassadors
  • Internationally Connected in Agriculture’s Future
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences
  • National Agri-Marketing Association
  • Professional Sales and Marketing
  • Purdue Ag Week Task Force
  • Purdue Biomakers
  • Purdue Collegiate 4-H Club
  • Purdue Diesel Club
  • Purdue Equestrian Team
  • Purdue Goat Club
  • Purdue Pre-Veterinary Medical Association
  • Purdue Rodeo Association
  • Purdue Society of Landscape Architects
  • Purdue Student Society of Arboriculture
  • Purdue Western Equestrian Team
  • Purdue Zoological Society
  • Sigma Lambda Alpha
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Society of Biological Engineers Club
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society Student Chapter
  • Student Chapter of Environmental Education
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Thomas Say Entomological Society
  • Turf Club


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