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Establishing connections

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The Oklahoma State Collegiate Farm Bureau club members discussed the officer elections and upcoming homecoming events at their meeting on Sept. 30. 

The club, which is under the umbrella of Young Farmers and Ranchers within Oklahoma Farm Bureau, is a way for some students to get involved with the rural agriculture community and establish new connections for future careers.

“Collegiate Farm Bureau is important because it supports an industry that is (in) need of a thing called advocacy, and I think that the more we can advocate, especially young people, the better,” said Tyler Waugh, newly-elected community service chair and agricultural leadership freshman.

Waugh said advocating for rural agriculture is a way that Farm Bureau helps represent the “little guys."

Joining Collegiate Farm Bureau is a way to do just that.

“Having a passion for farmers and ranchers’ rights, as well as legislative communication, Collegiate Farm Bureau just made sense for me to join,” said Ariel Scholten, Collegiate Farm Bureau chairman and agricultural communications senior. “Coming from a Farm Bureau family, I’ve been proud to volunteer through, intern for and support my counties and states’ Farm Bureau.”

The group said it is thrilled to be able to promote agriculture and Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s history within the last 100 years of homecoming history, Scholten said.

The club members are planning to participate in OSU’s America's Greatest Homecoming by making a window painting, joining in the harvest fest and OSU’s famous chili cook off. 

“Being a freshman, I haven’t had the opportunity to experience homecoming here at OSU, so this is all kind of new to me,” Waugh said. 

Newly- elected Collegiate Farm Bureau vice president Colby Perry said the club is a “broad cross-section" of people who are involved with agriculture.

“They give you an open book,” Perry said. “It’s a club that I see has many opportunities for careers in the future and meeting people in the industry that will change your life.”

To learn more about the Collegiate Farm Bureau, visit or ask a member about how to get involved.