Student organizations/honor societies

Students in the Applied Agricultural and Food Studies program are eligible to participate in the Agriculture Club and newly chartered Collegiate FFA Chapter. Students participate in leadership, community service and social activities as well as numerous industry speakers and seminars. The Collegiate FFA Chapter provides additional activities through the Iowa and National FFA Associations. Student also participate in additional leadership activities and professional competitions through Alpha Tau Alpha the National Professional Honorary Agricultural Education Organization.

Travel opportunities

Students in the Applied Agricultural and Food Studies program frequently participate in industry field trips and have the opportunity to travel regionally and nationally on agricultural tours and to professional conferences. Special travel grants through the student government, office of academic affairs and through special scholarship eligibility provide additional opportunities for students. Agricultural May Term courses are also offered which may provide regional, national, or international travel opportunities. 

Undergraduate research

Students frequently participate in undergraduate research directly with faculty members and present their findings in the Morningside College Palmer Student Research Symposium, the Summer Undergraduates Research Program and regional and national research meetings. The opportunity to work directly with faculty in designing and implementing research provides students with unique skills that further prepare students with a competitive advantage for graduate school or immediate entry into the agricultural industry.

Professional networking

Students in the Applied agricultural and Food Studies Program participate in numerous professional networking opportunity. The department and student Agriculture Club and Collegiate FFA Chapters hosts numerous industry leading speakers in classes, club meetings and college-wide seminars annually. Students frequently interact with agriculture professional in field trips and an annual industry panel and mock interview session in preparation for spring and summer internships with some of the top agricultural industries in the United States.  

Jared Schramm

Jared Schramm, of Moville, Iowa, is the first graduate majoring in the Applied Agricultural & Food Studies Program at Morningside College. Agriculture has always been a part of Jared’s life having grown up on a small farm, participating in 4-H, and showing cattle. In addition, he took on several leadership roles including being a member of the Woodbury County Fair Board and serving as the 4-H Club Poultry Superintendent.

Jared was drawn to Morningside, when he heard that a new agriculture program was being brought to the campus.  As one of the first students in the Applied Ag Program, Jared enjoyed his involvement in the course- work early on. He helped to organize the Ag Club, a student run organization, on campus; as well as being one of the first participants in Morningside’s Drone Operations and Maintenance course.

“The social interaction between faculty and students is one of the most impressive parts of the program. Not only are the students encouraged to approach their teachers, the faculty are very involved in class and enjoy developing each student to their fullest potential”, said Jared. He also feels that some of the most important experiences he had at Morningside were building the close relationships he has with his classmates, professors and staff. 

After graduating with an Applied Agricultural & Food Studies degree, Jared excepted a position at Iowa Nebraska State Bank as an Ag Lender. Jared has the honor of working with the community to continue a great agricultural legacy in the tri-state area. Jared also enjoys assisting with operations at Schramm Family Farms in Moville, Iowa. 

Liz Thies

Morningside College Applied Ag student Liz Thies was awarded the FFA American Degree at the 2016 89th National FFA Convention; one of the FFA's highest honors. Liz came to Morningside College from Green Isle, Minnesota, where she participated in the Sibley East FFA Chapter.

When asked how she felt about her experiences as an FFA member, Liz said, "FFA has made a positive impact on my life. From learning life skills, to meeting people from across the country, to conquering my fear of public speaking; Being a part of the FFA is one decision I will never regret".

Less than 1% of FFA members receive this prestigious award each year.  Liz has taken the skills she has acquired as an FFA member and applies those hard working values to her life as a student at Morningside College.  Liz is an Applied Agricultural & Food Studies major, and minors in Agribusiness.  She also participates in Morningside athletics as a standout member of the Morningside Women’s Golf team.  Liz is also an executive board member of the Morningside Ag Club as the club treasurer.

Liz has always known she wanted to attend a college that offered an Agricultural degree and also offered smaller class sizes.  “The professors know you by name, which is important” she said.  Liz knows it is imperative to have the hands-on learning opportunities that Morningside College Applied Ag offers.  “You may not get the chance to receive important connections through a large university”, Liz said.

Morningside Applied Ag is excited to help Liz continue to nurture her love of agriculture and cannot wait to see what the future holds for this amazing Morningside Mustang.