Think Purple. Think Agriculture. Think Western.

Since 1899 Western Illinois University has been providing a quality education for students across the Midwest. One of its signature programs is Agriculture! So why not come check us out?  ag open house 1

The date for our Annual Spring Open House is Friday April 1st from 9am-1:30pm at the University Livestock Center. There will be a host of students and faculty to meet with on the day of the event. Along with that, we will also be giving a farm tour and seeing how Western students are involved heavily within the workings of our agriculture farm.

“The hands on learning that is provided within the School of Agriculture is what makes this program unique.” ~Austin Kocher, Senior, Agriculture Business Major

Getting involved with hands on learning is just the beginning. Students in the agriculture program are also heavily involved within campus organizations outside of the walls of Knoblauch Hall (main agriculture building).

“I am here to teach you number 1, number 2 I am here to help you get a job outside of the constraints of a classroom and that starts with getting involved.” Dr. Mark Hoge, Animal Science Professor an Livestock Judging Coach

Lunch will be provided for those in attendance along with a chance to meet our academic advisor, Ms. Ember Keithley. She can answer any specific questions that you might have about coming to Western. If you would like to register for this event you can do so by going to the School of Agriculture website and registering there.

Follow this link to sign up:

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The schedule for the day is as follows:

9:00-9:45 a.m. – Registration and Student Fair

9:45- 10:00 a.m. – Welcome

10:00-10:15 a.m. – Welcome by School of Agriculture Director, Dr. Andrew Baker

10:15-10:45 a.m. – Student Panel

10:45-12:00 p.m. – Farm Tour

12:00 -1:00 p.m. – Lunch with faculty at the Multicultural Center

 1:00-1:30 p.m. – Advising, Ember Keithley

1:30p.m. – Depart for the Livestock Center

I hope that you can come join us for an exciting day of learning about Western Illinois University School of Agriculture. Any other questions please feel free to contact me at or by calling the School of Agriculture office at (309) 298-1080.

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My name is Christian Thurwanger and I am currently a junior at Western Illinois University majoring in Agriculture Education. I am involved with a multitude of clubs and organizations on campus including Agriculture Vectors, Collegiate FFA, Post-Secondary Agriculture Students, AG Ed Club, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, and Collegiate Farm Bureau. I am also the Student Recruiter for the School of Agriculture. So if you have any questions regarding recruitment or Western Illinois University feel free to contact me at the email above.




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