Independent Aggies continue tradition of promoting agriculture

It is said that there is something for everyone, and that includes college organizations.

The Independent Aggies is an agricultural organization at the University of Missouri that was established on campus in 1944. It started as a service organization with a mission to get the next generation involved in agriculture. Since then, the club has grown to have as many as 150 members.

Typically, most student members are majors in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, but there is no requirement; anyone is welcome. It seems that more women have been joining in recent years, and members say an even balance of male and female members may be reached in the near future.

The Independent Aggies participate in several campus events throughout the school year to recruit new members and promote agriculture.

Fall Round-Up, an event sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has been a great recruiting opportunity for the club. This event is held every fall to let freshmen know what CAFNR has to offer and all the clubs within it.

“The first meeting after Fall Round-Up is always the biggest,” Jake Nevins, president, said.

Nevins is a three-year member and a two-year officer, holding the position of both secretary and president. Making connections through Independent Aggies has made a big difference in Nevins life, he said.

“I was not very outgoing until I became an officer,” Nevins said. ”I have become more organized and a better leader through the Independent Aggies.”

The biggest events hosted by the Independent Aggies are three dances they sponsor each semester: start day dance, mid-semester dance and the stop-day dance. Anywhere from 1,200-1,600 people attend each dance. The funds from these dances are used to promote youth in agriculture. For example, the club cooks for as many as 250 boy scouts each year in the agriculture building. Also, the organization purchases a grand champion animal at the state fair each year and works closely with alumni.

Other events you might see the Independent Aggies participate in are the Mizzou Tigers home football games. They set up a tent and a grill and barbecue for anybody who wants good food on every game day.

“It brings us closer together,” said Timmy Niewald, chapter vice president.

Want to get more involved? Meetings are the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Trowbridge Livestock Center.

The Independent Aggies’ next event will be May 7 at Whiskey Wild. Half the money made at the door and all the money made off the cups will go toward promoting agriculture.

Kendra Elder

About the Author Kendra Elder

Hello! I'm Kendra Elder, a University of Missouri freshman majoring in science and ag journalism. I am from southeast Missouri. In high school I was active in FFA and the National Beta Club where I served as a state officer. I am now is a member of Ag Communicators of Tomorrow. In the future, I hopes to start a career in advertising and start a cattle farm of my own.