School of Agriculture

naae student groups

Agricultural Education Club

The Agriculture Education Club at Western Illinois University strives to educate the future of our society about the agricultural industry, while also constantly striving to enhance our own personal knowledge of agriculture in business, production, and technology.

"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means." - Albert Einstein

"Six essential qualities are the key to success: sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity." - William Menninger

"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 pm in Knoblauch Hall 152.


Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) Student Branch

Ag Teachers from around the state of Illinois come to talk to current Ag Ed students about their job and provide advice and ideas for curriculum, labs, CDEs, etc.

CFFA & Ag Ed Club Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Each semester the CFFA and Ag Ed Club work together to put on a pancake breakfast in Knoblauch from 7:00-11:00 a.m. This is open to all WIU students, faculty, and staff to attend. The money raised is used to allow the cFFA to put on CDE's for high school FFA students.

Ag Ed Senior Trip

In the fall, the Ag Ed seniors take a trip. In 2008 the seniors went to Chicago and New York. The students were able to go to a Cubs game and visit various other places.

Judge for CDE's Hosted by CFFA

  • Illinois State Job Interview
  • Illinois State Ag Issues
  • Section 11 Public Speaking
  • Section 11 & Invitational Horticulture/Ag Mechanics

Section 11 Greenhand Conference

Ag Ed students instruct the various workshops that are included in the conference.

NAAE Conference

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Andrew Baker
(309) 298-1080
Knoblauch Hall 145

2015 - 2016 Officers

  • Christian Thurwanger, President -
  • Emily DeSchepper, Vice President PAS -
  • E.B. Miller, Vice President AgEd -
  • Samantha Martin, Secretary -
  • Mackenzie Buyck, Treasurer -
  • Kacie Priebe, Reporter -
  • Kacie Priebe, State PAS Representative -
  • Maggie Prather, Ag Council Representative -

Student Teachers