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Department of Agricultural Economics

Student Organizations in the department and on campus: Get involved!

Clubs and Activities

Classes are important, but what you do outside of class during your time at K-State is also important. Activities in the Department of Agricultural Economics add experiences to your time at K-State that develop leadership, create friendships, and explore new ideas. Please take a look at the following organizations and learn how you can get involved!

Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Club

The Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Club benefits members with activities in the following areas:
Student interaction with students in agriculture and related fields
Student interaction with Ag Econ Dept. faculty and staff
Student interaction with industry leaders and company representatives

Some club events include:
Fall & Spring Trips: Chicago, Arkansas, Kansas City, Topeka
Volunteer service projects: Relay for Life
Intramural activities: Co-ed volleyball
Social events: Bowling, bonfires, barbeques
Fundraising activities: Cleanups, departmental fundraising

For more information please contact Dr. Aleksan Shanoyan, or Dr. Keith Harris.

K-State Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness NAMA

The Kansas State National Agri-Marketing Association is a great way for college students to begin their careers in the agricultural industry.

Meeting Times: Twice a month, on set Mondays at 5:30

At our student chapter meetings, guest speakers provide valuable insight on a variety of topics including: • Career Development • Marketing • Motivation • Research and Development • Personal Advancement • Advertising • Public Relations • Sales

For more information please contact our advisor David Lehman.

FFA Agribusiness Contest

Teams of four can compete with the top three scores counting for team total.

The Farm & Agribusiness Management event will have two parts:

 Part I - This will be a group exercise worth 50 points. Each team member will earn the team score. In January teams will be given a case study about a farm in Kansas. Included with the farm background will be some options to consider. Teams will have until the contest to come up with a solution to the case study.

At the contest, teams will have 4 minutes to present their plan. Judging of the teams will be based on the presentation only (no written material). All team members should contribute to the presentation. The rubric used to judge the teams will be provided at the time the case study is released. Power Point will be available to use for the presentations. All schools will need to bring a USB drive with their Power Point presentation on it. We will provide a computer and projector. Please do not shake hands with any of the judges.

Part II - Several problems designed to determine the team member’s ability to apply economic principles to solving agribusiness type problems. Two hundred points are given to this part. Part II will include questions similar to previous years Part I & Part II tests on the website.

Three hours will be allowed to complete both parts. One half of the teams will present on Part I while the other half completes Part II. The groups will then switch. Team members work as individuals on Part II only. Contestants may use calculators on Part II. Cell phone calculators will not be allowed. Part II will be used to break ties. If Part II does not break a tie, a coin toss will be used.

The Farm & Agribusiness Management CDE Contest Exams from previous years are available on the Department of Agricultural Economics website. The following options will help you locate the exams:

Direct link to the exams
Steps to locate the exams
1. Visit the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics website at: http://www.ageconomics.k-state.edu/
2. On the left side bar, click on the tab "Undergraduate Student Programs"
3. On the menu that pops up, select “Student Organizations”
4. Click on the option labeled “FFA Agribusiness Contest”
At this website you will find the tests and keys for the years 2006-2010 & 2012. Last year’s group exercise is also available. However, with the group exercise and the corresponding rubric available in January, teams will have plenty of time to prepare.