The agricultural programs have an active presence on campus through their student club, the Agricultural Students' Society (Aggies). The club organizes a number of events including tours of local agriculturally based businesses and research facilities; and it provides valuable mentorship to its members.
The Aggies began the 2018/19 school year with 40 members, and have since grown to 81. Some of the club organized events this past year have included: a tour of the Roger’s Sugar Beet Factory, Career Industry Night, Bar None, an ugly sweater Christmas bowling party, the annual –UL Barn Burner fundraiser dance, club nights basketball games, the Tiffin Conference, Ag Awareness Day, a tour of the Kasko Cattle Company feedlot, and PBR bull riding. The club will soon be on a tour of Origins Brewery in Strathmore, and have planned an axe throwing night to end the year with a fun activity.
Last year, the Aggies began the –UL Beef project by purchasing a steer and feeding it to finish at Ryan Kasko’s feedlot in August. The steer went in at 1,209 pounds, and was shipped in January at 1,701 lbs. During the tour of the Kasko feedlot, Ryan taught the students about the feedlot business and how he integrates software into helping make decisions and managing cattle. The data from feeding the steer was collected by Ryan and the Aggies’ –UL Beef Project Representative, Brendan Konyenbelt, a third-year agricultural biotechnology major and co-op student.
The Club is also actively involved in the community by participating in blood drives, donating to the campus food bank, volunteering for the Agriculture in the Classroom program, and dog walking at the Lethbridge Animal Shelter.
If you would like to be part of a great community that promotes agriculture at the University, or if you are interested in an agriculture career, summer job, or just looking to make friends with other people from rural communities – join us. Learn more by following us on Instagram @agclub_uleth, requesting to join our Facebook page (U of L Aggies), or emailing us for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org.