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Student Clubs and Organizations

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Ambassadors

The CAFES Ambassadors is a college-wide student organization whose purpose is to act as a public relations team for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). The 2021-22 academic year will be the 33rd year the organization has worked to promote the college to prospective students, alumni, industry and government partners, donors and other stakeholders.

CAFES Student Council

Serves as the communication line between the student organizations within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI). This council promotes cooperation and coordination among the student organizations through discussion of mutual interests, activities, and new ideas from each student organization.

Agribusiness Management/National Agricultural Marketing Association Club (ABM/NAMA)

Brings together students interested in an agribusiness career and exposes them to the different aspects of the agribusiness industry. ABM/NAMA sponsors educational and social activities for their members as well as interested students.

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT)

A professional organization designed to promote development opportunities for students aspiring to promote agriculture through advocacy, industry relations, public policy and communications.

Agricultural Engineering Society

The goal of AES is to establish a fellowship among students and faculty in the BRAE department. AES activities include Thursday BBQ’s, club outings, a booth at Farm City Nights, Engineering Week and hosting the Ag Mechanics portion of the FFA State Finals.

Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA)

A national scholastic fraternity dedicated to promoting agricultural education and developing premier future agricultural educators. Membership is based on academics and agricultural awareness.

Alpha Zeta

Co-ed fraternity, which promotes education, fellowship, scholarship and character, as well as agriculture.

Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)

A group of students whose primary interest lies in the area of professional environmental services. This student group provides informational programs and projects for students interested in pursuing a career in the area of environmental services.

Block and Bridle Club

A great way to learn about livestock and agricultural activities through field trips, community service and hands-on experience.

Collegiate Future Farmers of America

A club dedicated to giving back to the National Future Farmers of America. This club is open to all majors and coordinates judging of local and regional career development events, community service activities and monthly meetings.

Crops Club

Crops Club is oriented towards serving all agricultural majors. The purpose of the Crops Club is to enhance personal and business relationships within the agriculture industry.

Dairy Cattle Judging Team

Evaluating the visual merit of breeding animals is an art that helps students develop communication skills and understand the visual aspects of dairy animals.

Dairy Challenge Team

This competitive team analyzes financial and production records of real dairies in California to hone their consulting skills.

Dairy Products Judging Team

Competing in regional and national competition, students learn to evaluate the qualities and technologies of dairy products processing.

Dairy Quiz Bowl Team

This is an academic team which competes each year at the annual American Dairy Science Association meeting.

Dressage Team

Competitive equine show team in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association.

Earth, Soil and Water Conservation Club

This club meets monthly to promote soil consciousness, proper soil management, and soil usage. Club members work to promote awareness and help students get involved in the industry.

Equestrian Team

Competitive show team in hunter seat equitation, western pleasure and reining.

Fair Trade Club

The Fair Trade organization empowers farmers in developing countries by ensuring appropriate prices for their products. Sustainability and sound environmental practices are discussed.

Food Science Club

A club designed to help Food Science students network with industry professionals and find internships.

Food Science Product Development Teams

Students compete against other universities and develop nutritious food solutions for a variety of real-world challenges.

Floral Design Club

Affiliated with the National AIFD Organization, Floral Design Club sends students to help florists throughout the year. Members also attend design shows, assist designers and help with major floral events.

Geology Club

This club was designed to bridge the gap between our geology concentration and the Physics Department's geology minor and assists and builds student-teacher relations between the two departments.

Global Food Taster's Club

For students with an interest in food, cooking and media. The Food Media Club offers guest chefs, recipe testing, cultural demos, Iron Chef and holiday food events, writing for the quarterly newsletter and more.

Horticulture Club

Promotes horticulture activities on campus, and through community service, it connects students with industry representatives. The club participates in Farm City Night, Arbor Day, unit work days, student career days, Integrated Pest Management and Open House activities.

Landscape Industry Club

Affiliated student chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association that provides students the opportunity to interact with professionals in the landscape industry through workshops, trade shows and on-campus presentations by representatives from the various facets of the landscape industry.

Latinos in Agriculture (LIA)

This club offers opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills. The many activities that focus on community service, academic and career development and social well-being, provide ample Learn by Doing experiences in leadership development.

Livestock Judging Team

Competitive judging team with practices and traveling for competitions throughout the country.

Logging Team

We are an intercollegiate team of men and women students who are interested in practicing traditional forestry field skills in a safe environment.

Los Lecheros Dairy Club

The purpose of Los Lecheros is to support the dairy industry through academic and social activities within the Dairy Science Department at Cal Poly.

Nutrition Club

The Nutrition club offers social, professional and community service opportunities to enhance student connections within the field of nutrition.

Pi Alpha Xi

National Honor Society for horticulture teachers, students and professionals.

Polo Club

A competitive polo team that participates in the National Intercollegiate Polo Organization.

Poultry Club

The Poultry Club works to promote the poultry management minor through interactive participation with alumni and industry.

Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Team

Students demonstrate their skills and knowledge in all aspects of the landscape industry field by competing with other schools. Students also connect with industry for summer employment, internships, and post-graduation career opportunities.

Quarter Scale Tractor Design Team

Student design and construction team that participates in the annual Quarter Scale Tractor ASABE National Student Design Competition.

Experience Industry Management Club

The Experience Industry Management Club is an academically based club that provides career networking and social opportunities for students. The club offers a number of activities including sponsorship of professional speakers, career development and conference attendance support, social events and a department awards banquet.

Rho Phi Lamda

Rho Phi Lambda is a national organization that recognizes students and honorary professionals in our field for their excellence in academics, co-curricular and volunteer activities and contributions to our field. Rho Phi Lambda members are involved with community and campus service projects as well as academic and career enrichment events.

Rodeo Team

Cal Poly's competitive Rodeo Team.

Soil Judging Team

Sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, students describe, classify and interpret soils as a professional soil scientist would.

Student Association for Fire Ecology

SAFE brings together students from diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in fire ecology and related issues, as well as providing an excellent opportunity for students to network with fire science professionals.

Student Branch of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

The ASABE branch at Cal Poly is the local student organization of the professional society of ASABE. The goal of the organization is to connect BRAE students with practicing engineers and help students prepare for careers in engineering.

Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters

The Cal Poly Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters functions as a professional organization that strives to provide the latest forestry information and contacts for those students primarily interested in forestry or forestry related careers.

Student Mechanization Branch of ASAE

The Student Mechanization Branch of ASAE works in cooperation with the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and is involved with public relations and social activities such as the World Ag Expo and Farm City Nights.

Tractor Pull Club

This club consists of an active membership of diverse students. Activities include weekly meetings, Saturday workdays and seeking sponsorship from businesses. These activities prepare for the PTPA-sanctioned Poly Royal Tractor Pull which we organize and host each year.

Turf Club

Affiliated student chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America with the purpose to gather students interested in the turf-grass management concentration.

Veterinary Science Club

The Club provides opportunities for all interested in the field of veterinary medicine, through campus involvement, industry tours, and annual trips to colleges of veterinary medicine.

Vines to Wines

A viticulture/wine education and promotion organization. This club included three departments: Agriculture Business, Horticulture and Crop Science and Food Science and Nutrition.

Xi Sigma Pi

A national forestry/natural resources honor society. Students receive an invitation during Fall quarter to join based on scholastic achievement. The group sponsors several special events, such as the Distinguished Speaker Program and a community project.

Young Cattlemen’s Club (YCC)

An affiliate of California Cattlemen’s Association, Young Cattlemen’s allows students to get involved with the California beef industry and gain an understanding of industry issues.

Zoo & Exotic Animals Club

Information, resources, and networking opportunities for students interested in a professional career in the zoo and exotic animal field.

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