Welcome to Agricultural Education & Studies

The Department of Agricultural Education and Studies has as its focus the teaching and learning processes. All three elements of the land-grant philosophy - learning, discovery, and engagement - are part of the department's emphasis on the educational processes, and how these processes impact our clientele in a variety of agricultural settings.

News & Updates

Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow - Iowa State University Chapter

The Iowa State Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), a collegiate student organization for agricultural communicators, is pleased to announce the 2015 Agricultural Essay Contest! In order to encourage students in the agriculture industry to think about solutions for future industry issues, this year’s topic is “What will be the biggest challenge agriculture faces in the next ten years? Be sure to incorporate how you plan on helping overcome this problem.” This contest is open to all high school FFA members. Please review the three documents for more information.

ACT Essay Greeting Letter (pdf) / ACT Essay Flyer (pdf) / ACT Essay Entry Form (pdf)

Agricultural Studies BS Hybrid Online/Campus degree

The Agricultural Education & Studies Department and Western Iowa Technical Community College have formed a partnership to offer the first Hybrid Online/Campus (2-1-1) degree. Students will complete two years of course work at Western Iowa Technical Community College, one year of online courses from Iowa State University, and one year of on-campus courses to complete the Agricultural Studies Bachelor of Science degree. Contact Ben Chamberlain for additional information bchamber@iastate.edu or 515-294-4655.

Iowa State University AgOnline Teacher of the Year - Dr. Michael Retallick

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Dr. Gaylan Scofield, Director of ISU AgOnline .................Dr. Michael Retallick, ISU AgOnline Teacher of the Year

The Iowa State University AgOnline Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer. This award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to credit or noncredit courses through online teaching. Candidates are nominated by ISU AgOnline students and reviewed by the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer staff.

Michael Retallick, Agricultural Education & Studies is the 2014 winner. Previous award winners are Dr. Lester Wilson, University Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition 2012 and Dr. Donald Lewis, Entomology 2013.