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AgriBusiness Club   Facebook
The Agribusiness Club brings together undergraduate students and local and national agricultural business leaders to promote the understanding of the business of agriculture and to give students an opportunity to learn many of the facets of agriculture that show up in almost all areas of our lives. By regularly meeting with these agribusiness leaders, students have a better understanding of the diversity of career opportunities in agriculture and what qualities and skills will be needed to succeed.

Academic Quiz Bowl Team 
Academic Quiz Bowl is a fast-paced, team competition in the same style as Jeopardy. Two teams compete on their knowledge of Ag Economics coursework. Categories include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Agribusiness/Finance, Resource/Policy, Quantitative, Marketing, Management, and Potpourri. Twice per year, these multi-University competitions take place in conjunction with Agricultural Economics professional meetings - the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA). The competitions occur in different cities around the U.S. every February and late July.

Agronomy Club

Gives members hand on experience within agronomy. Allows students the opportunity to go to National Meeting of Agronomy, and present projects and compete in contest such as quiz bowl, soil judging, and so on. 

American Society of Landscape Architects

Landscape Architecture majors and student interested in the profession are invited to participate in this organization. The Student Chapter, ASLA is an affiliate of the national American Society of Landscape Architects. Students participate in organized trips to attend the National ASLA Convention, tour professional offices and visit significant landscapes and projects across the nation. Throughout the school year, members enjoy various social and fund-raising activities in addition to participating in departmental affairs.

Outdoor Pursuits

The mission of the Outdoor Pursuits Program is to provide outdoor recreation and education opportunities for the University of Kentucky community using human–powered adventure pursuits‚ experiential education‚ and the natural environment. Outdoor Pursuits information can be found at the Johnson Center‚ in the climbing wall area. Information on upcoming adventure trips‚ climbing wall programs‚ and resource materials for personal trip planning are available along with a knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Environmental Science Club Facebook

The Environmental Science Club is a group of like-minded students that share a common interest in all things environmental. Hiking at The Red River Gorge, cleaning up the Licking River, and having a social potluck are the types of events that you will see the club participating in. We are working on establishing ourselves and creating a unique niche on UK’s campus.

Horticulture Club Facebook

Members of the Horticulture Club participate in many activities during the academic year including industry and faculty speakers, participation in intercollegiate competitions, an annual national or international garden and industry tours, fundraising events, picnics and other social outings. This club provides the atmosphere and means for students to gain additional knowledge, experience and friendship beyond the classroom. All students who have an interest in horticulture are welcome.

Student Sustainability Council Facebook Twitter

The Student Sustainability Council was formed to supervise the distribution of the Environmental Stewardship Fee in order to responsibly advance the theory, practice and reality of Sustainability at the University of Kentucky. Any member of the University of Kentucky community can submit a proposal for funding support.  The SSC distributes more than $191,000 for campus sustainability projects each year.  

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UK Greenthumb Facebook

The UK Greenthumb Environmental Club was founded on the University of Kentucky campus in 1993. Greenthumb is engaged in environmental activism on campus and beyond. Currently, much of Greenthumb’s work is focused on pushing for a more sustainable campus. In the past Greenthumb members have lobbied for change on campus by holding positions within Student Government, the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Student Sustainability Council, the original Sustainability Task Force and various other university bodies. 

  • For more information on UK Greenthumb, contact this address

University of Kentucky Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters

The University of Kentucky Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), known as the Forestry Club, is a non-profit student organization that is a part the University of Kentucky. This organization is devoted to the advancement of the science, technology, education and practice of forestry among the student body and communities in which we interact. The Forestry Club promotes fellowship and professionalism among the students at the University of Kentucky as well as developing close working relationships with advising faculty and forestry professionals.

Collegiate Professional Horseman's Association

The University of Kentucky Collegiate Professional Horseman's Assocation unifies and empowers horsemen of all levels, backgrounds, disciplines and career pathways through the promotion of leadership, education, professional development and service opportunities.

Dressage Team FacebookTwitter Instagram

The University of Kentucky Dressage Team was designed to allow students to compete and support each other at local shows and events, and provides a social network for students interested in each discipline of riding. The Team competes at Intercollegiate Dressage Association competitions and local events.  The team also hosts clinics, industry speakers, social events and fundraisers. Riders of all levels and disciplines are open to join the UK Dressage Team.

Equestrian Team Facebook

The UK Equestrian Team is a club sport comprised of beginners to experienced riders who share a love for horses. The team competes regionally in hunt seat, and western divisions. The season runs from late August to early May and is packed full of exciting competitions and other activities.

Eventing TeamFacebookTwitterInstagram

The University of Kentucky Eventing Team was designed to allow students to compete and support each other at local shows and events. The Eventing Team competes at Intercollegiate Eventing League competitions and local events and also hosts clinics, industry speakers and fundraisers. Riders of all levels and disciplines are open to join to UK Eventing Team.

Horse Racing Club  Facebook

From farm tours to track trips, this club knows its way around the Horse Capital of the World. The Horse Racing Club’s mission is to educate students about horse racing, and provide the opportunity to experience the many aspects of the horse racing industry.

Polo Team FacebookTwitterInstagram

UK’s Polo Team is a competitive team affiliated with the United States Polo Association. The team completes in the Southeast region of the intercollegiate league. The team aims to provide and fun and safe learning experience in the sport of polo and welcomes all new members. There are both male and female teams. During a game, three members make up each team. Practice is held an average of three times a week at West Wind Farm and the Kentucky Horse Park.

R.E.A.D. Club 

The Research in Equine and Agricultural Disciplines (READ) Club explores cutting-edge research in areas such as equine physiology and nutrition, forages and soil science, meat science, cow reproductive technologies and much more. Presentations and tours given by veterinarians, professors, graduate and undergraduate students and local agricultural industry leaders educate club members in various fields, opening doors of opportunity for those looking to become involved in agricultural research.

Rodeo Team Facebook

The team's mission is to promote and develop the sport of rodeo at UK and in the community, providing students with the opportunity to further pursue the sport educationally and competitively at the intercollegiate level. One of the main goals of the team is to give its members the chance to participate in activities covering every aspect of rodeo industry, from learning about rodeo in general to competing as part of the team.

Saddle Seat Team Facebook

Started in 2008, the Saddle Seat Team is composed of members who have many different levels of riding and show experience. We work as a team to practice and prepare for five competitions held throughout the year. Team members are taught and compete in the saddle seat and equitation disciplines on American Saddlebred horses, as well as other breeds. The team is welcome to anyone with any level of riding experience. The UK Saddle Seat Team is coached by Stephanie Sedlacko and Catherine Van Arsdell at Wingswept Farms in Nicholasville, KY.

Collegiate 4-H 

Collegiate 4-H is an extension of the 4-H Organization and is a continuation of 4-H membership and service through college years. The club welcomes everyone from past members to any new interested students. Our club focuses on leadership and service here on UK's campus, and in the surrounding community. We not only interact with local 4-H programs and the State organization, but we are also apart of the National Collegiate 4-H Organization. We participate in several activities including: bowling, movie nights, holiday parties, volunteering with local 4-H organizations, and much more. UK Collegiate 4-H is a great way to become involved on UK's campus and to continue to participate in 4-H through your college years!

Family Action Council 

The Family Action Council (FAC) is a student-led organization for both graduate and undergraduate students in Family Sciences. The primary purpose of FAC is to encourage and support students in their development as professionals in Family Sciences. The organization provides a balance of social and professional activities that include volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, career preparation activities, and participation in state and national conferences. Participation is open to all Family Sciences majors.

Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U)

Phi U is a national honor society for students in Family and Consumer Sciences and its related program fields. The purposes of Phi U are to establish and strengthen the bonds of friendship, to promote the professional and intellectual development it its members, and to advance and promote the professions. Iota Chapter at UK was chartered in 1922. Members of Phi U are chosen on the basis of scholarship, leadership, dependability, spirit of service, and professional attitude. Requirements include a minimum overall GPA of 3.0(undergraduate); 3.2 (graduate). The student must have earned a minimum of 36 credit hours, including a minimum of 12 credits at UK. Graduate students must have completed 12 graduate credits. Each applicant must show evidence of leadership and participation within in the school, as well as activities outside the school.

UK American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (UKAFCS)

AAFCS is a national professional organization for all areas of family and consumer sciences. The UK students member section of AAFCS is open to all students in the School of Human Environmental Sciences who are interested in promoting their own professional development and forming lasting friendships. Membership dues include subscriptions to the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences and AAFCS Action. Dues also include membership in the Kentucky Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. All majors welcome.

The following UK Greek organizations are most closely affiliated with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, but many other students are also members of other Greek chapters on campus.

Alpha Gamma Rho FacebookTwitterInstagram

Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) is the University of Kentucky's only agricultural and social/professional fraternity on campus. Its lifelong brotherhood and tradition remain strong and dedicated to making better men throughout their collegiate experience in a non-pledging environment where each brother can enhance their social and professional skills. With the support of corporate sponsors and over 1,700 UK AGR alumni, AGR brothers have a competitive edge when preparing to enter the agricultural industry. 

Faculty Advisor: Kenny Burdine

FarmHouse FacebookTwitterInstagram

FarmHouse is an agricultural based social fraternity that focuses on building the whole man intellectually, spiritually, socially, morally, and physically. The chapter prides itself on the solid bonds shard among brothers that ultimately develops into life-long friendships.

Faculty Advisor: Tyler Mark

Sigma Alpha FacebookTwitterInstagram

Sigma Alpha Sorority is the University of Kentucky's professional agriculture sorority.  Its objective is to promote its members in all facets of agriculture and to strengthen the bonds of friendship among them. It is the purpose of the members to strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service, and to further the development of excellence in women pursuing careers in agriculture. 

Faculty Advisor: Ann Leed

Dairy Judging Team

The University of Kentucky Dairy Judging Team was established to educate students on dairy cattle evaluation.  Students will learn how to to proper evaluate and rank dairy cattle for milk production and longevity based on physical characteristics.  By joining the Dairy Judging Team students will be given the opportunities to travel around the United States, networking with dairy producers, animal science industry representatives, and high school and 4-H agriculture instructors, work with dairy cattle, aid with dairy judging clinics, and visit working dairy farms.  Team members will also have the opportunity to compete collegiality at the All American Dairy Show, World Dairy Expo, and the North American Livestock Expo.  No dairy experience is required, all students are welcome to join!

Coach: Derek Nolan
Livestock Judging Team Facebook

Livestock judging consists of carefully analyzing animals (beef cattle, sheep, swine and goats) and measuring them against a standard that is commonly accepted as being ideal. There are numerous benefits to gain from competing on a livestock judging team. In the course of training and competition students are given the opportunity to interact with future leaders of the livestock industry. Students develop a keen sense of judgment and confidence to make a decision that is defended in a set of oral reasons. At the University of Kentucky team members compete at Dixie National Livestock Show, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, All-East, Keystone International Livestock Expo, Premier Stockman, American Royal and North American Livestock Expo. 

Coach: Corbin Cowles

Meats Judging Team

The Meats Judging Team trains students to accurately evaluate a range of wholesale cuts and meat carcasses. Being a part of the team provides lessons for future occupations, with experiences in detailed observations, efficient communications, and critical thinking. Students have to opportunity to travel the country competing against other university teams; as they learn, experience, and bond together.

Coach: Dr. Gregg Rentfrow 

Soil Judging Team 

Coach: Dr. A.D. Karathanasis

Block and Bridle FacebookTwitterInstagram

The UK Block and Bridle Club provides students interested in various aspects of the livestock industry with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. Members may participate in activities such as the Little North American, community service projects, National Convention, fundraising events and social opportunities.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Don ElyDr. Debra Aaron

Dairy Club Facebook

The UK Dairy Club has fun and exciting activities which allow its members to interact with the cows and people of the dairy industry. This could be traveling abroad to compare their industries or by inviting middle school students to learn about the cow and how milk is produced. From attending Regional/National ADSA and State Fair, every Dairy Club event is an adventure 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joao Costa

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS) FacebookTwitterInstagram

The UK MANRRS members help promote the advancement of members of ethnic/cultural groups that are underrepresented in agricultural and related sciences. Members have the opportunity to participate in diverse activities that support their and others' academic and professional development and achievement. Our organization meets bi-weekly on campus. Membership is open to all students and professionals interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences as well as representing a variety of colleges.

University of Kentucky Faith Organizations

Students at the University of Kentucky can join a variety of religious organizations based upon their personal faith, unique values or general interests.  These groups are affiliated with a variety of religious bodies such as Bahá'í, Buddism, Christianity ( including Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Non-Denominational), Islam, Judaism and more. Each of these organizations assist the University in its effort to promote diversity and be inclusive of all people. 

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Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) FacebookInstagram

GSA promotes awareness and fairness concerning LGBT issues at UK and work for a unified gay and straight community in the Lexington area.  This group hosts a variety of events throughout the year including "Coming Out Day," service activities, and social outings. 

University of Kentucky Latino Student Union (LSU) Facebook

The Latino Student Union serves as a cultural, educational, political, social outlet for the Latino and Latin American community at the University of Kentucky.  The LSU creates a voice for the Latino community by identifying the issues of Latino students on campus and advocating to the University administration to address these needs. The group also strives to serve the Latino community off campus through community service events projected at the upward movement of the community.

University of Kentucky Martin Luther King CenterFacebookTwitterInstagram

The UK MLK Center supports underrepresented undergraduate students through a variety of programming, intercultural activities, service events and more. 

Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPs)  

MAPS is an organization to inform and educate on a variety of careers in healthcare. The group helps aspiring healthcare professionals with career choices, academic advice and connections with current professionals in their area of interest.

Shades of Pride  Facebook Instagram 

Shades of Pride exists to provide support and advocacy for students, staff and faculty of color who identify as either a member of the LGBTQ community or identify as allies for the LGBTQ. This group is open to anyone but is centered on the needs of queer and trans people of color.

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The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky FacebookInstagram

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) is an on-campus student service organization that was established in April, 2014 with faculty support from the Department of Dietetics & Human Nutrition. CKUK is an affiliate of the national The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP), which provides a sustainable approach to reducing food waste on college campuses while also providing healthy meals to those struggling with hunger.

Student Dietetic and Nutrition Association FacebookInstagram

The Student Dietetic & Nutrition Association (SDNA) at the University of Kentucky aims to develop and encourage students interested in the study of nutrition and dietetics. SDNA accomplishes this through social and professional contacts between students, faculty, and other nutrition and dietetics professionals. In addition, the organization regularly participates in University and community outreach projects. 

    Universities Fighting World Hunger FacebookInstagram

    The Universities Fighting World hunger organization  supports on-campus, hunger-related initiatives and organizations by facilitating communication and providing resources to develop and implement strategies to end hunger.

    Alpha Epsilon

    Alpha Epsilon is an honor society for outstanding agricultural, biological and food engineers. The objectives of the honor society are to promote the high ideals of the engineering profession, to give recognition to those agricultural, biological and food engineers who manifest worthy qualities of character, scholarship and professional attainment, and to encourage and support such improvements in the agricultural, biological and food engineering profession that make it an instrument of greater service to mankind.

    American Society of Biological Engineers - Student Branch Facebook Twitter Instagram

    American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) develops professional and social contacts for students interested in the relationships between engineering and biological sciences. Members participate in social activities, barbeques, Engineering Week, regional and international meetings, and design competitions such as the 1/4 scale tractor pulling team. Fundraising endeavors include tuning up community lawnmowers in the spring.

    Animal and Food Sciences Graduate Association 

    Agricultural Biotechnology Club - ABT Club Facebook

    This club provides opportunities for fellowship among students and faculty in not only the Ag. Biotechnology field, but related areas as well. Club activities involve guest speakers, field trips, and special events.

    Food Science Club Facebook

    The Food Science Club better acquaints students with the food industry through extramural activities such as club picnics and outings, fundraising events and competitions in regional and national events.

    Pre-Vet Club Facebook

    The UK Pre-Vet Club is open to all students interested in Veterinary Medicine. The club was created to help students with their undergraduate studies and to aid them in the selection of veterinary school upon completion of their requirements. Meetings throughout the year allow members to listen and exchange ideas and information about their classes and work experiences. Other activities include guest speakers, and field trips to Tennessee and Auburn’s Vet Schools.

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