Jon C. Calhoun

Senior, North Powder, Oregon
Agricultural Business Management


Being from a town barely tipping the scales of 500 residents and from a graduating class of 13 students, the idea of coming to Oregon State University was downright frightening. When I came to visit the campus, I walked down oak tree and rhododendron filled paths, toured through historical buildings, and spoke one-on-one with faculty, right then was when I knew that the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University was for me. I was raised on a Quarter Horse and Club-Lamb ranch in north-eastern Oregon, which is where I established a vibrant love for agriculture, particularly business realm of agriculture. Now a senior at Oregon State University, I am studying Agricultural Business Management with a minor in Leadership. Aside the Agricultural Executive Council, I am actively involved with the Agriculture Future of America, I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and am an Ambassador for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources. Within the College of Agricultural Sciences, the instructors and other students are able to provide a hometown feeling even with a student population boasting almost 25,000. My experiences at OSU have led to personal and professional growth, and have developed lifelong skills that will aid me throughout my future. Oregon State one of only two universities in the nation to be a Sea, Sun, Space, and Land Grant Institution – I am honored to serve as the Agricultural Executive Council President at one of the top agricultural institutions in America.

Ashley Florence

Vice President
Senior, Hermiston, Oregon
Agricultural Sciences

I grew up in Hermiston, Oregon where I was an active member of the Hermiston FFA chapter throughout high school.  I competed in numerous skill contests, as well as, serving as vice president for my chapter.  My favorite memories in FFA came from showing cattle at junior livestock shows and county fairs.  I chose Oregon State University because of my passion for agriculture and agriculture education. My major is Agricultural Sciences with an Animal Science minor.  I plan to become an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.  I am currently the Vice President of Ag Exec, CFFA member, and a member of Kappa Delta sorority.  My past leadership positions have helped me grow into the person I am today.  As a senior, I look forward to the coming year and I feel confident that we can accomplish our goals.

Danielle LorenzDanielle

Director of New Fields
Junior, Banks, Oregon
Animal Sciences

Growing up in the small town of Banks, Oregon I have always had a passion for agriculture and more specifically livestock. Choosing Oregon State University was an easy decision for me because my older sister was already a student and the college offered exactly everything I wanted. I love Oregon State and more specifically the College of Agricultural Sciences because everyone is so friendly and helpful, it makes the huge school seem much smaller. After choosing a major in animal science, I immediately started getting involved in clubs and organizations. I am currently a member of the Steer-A-Year club and the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. This past year I rode on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team and won the National Title with four other members, it was the first time in Oregon State history. I am honored to serve as director of New Fields and hope to make positive changes to the blog throughout the year.

Derek Burbank


Director of Public Relations
Junior, Dallas, Oregon
Agricultural Sceinces

Hi, My name is Derek Burbank from Dallas Oregon, where I grew up on a small family farm. For as long as I can remember I have been involved in agriculture in one way or another. Weather that was showing animals at fair or being part of my FFA chapter, agriculture has been a way of life. With a past like mine, where else to go to school than at OSU College of Agricultural Sciences?  My passion for teaching others about agriculture and giving youth the skills they need to be successful in any career, is what gives me the drive to become an agriculture advisor.

Katie Bartholomew

Director of Correspondence
Senior, Bend, Oregon
Agriculture Business Management, minor in Animal Sciences 

After graduating from Mountain View High School in 2009, I knew I wanted to


continue my education and broaden my horizons in the agriculture industry.  Being an active member of the National Junior Angus Association, as well as the American Angus Association and holding various leadership positions through the Bend FFA program and Oregon Junior Angus Association has allowed me to develop a diverse skill set – both in and outside the classroom. With the endless opportunities Oregon State has to offer, I knew my skills would continue to grow and develop within the university.  As a proud member of Beaver Nation, I am currently a senior studying Agricultural Business Management with a minor in Animal Sciences. Being active in the College of Agricultural Sciences, I have become a member of the Oregon State Livestock Judging Team, alongside active involvement with the Agricultural Executive Council, Young Cattlemen’s Association, Steer-A-Year Club and Meat Science Club. Thanks to Oregon State, I know my experiences here have led to personal and professional growth, and helped to develop lifelong skills that will assist me in my future career. I am honored and looking forward to serving as the Director of Correspondence of the Agricultural Executive Council! 

Kelsie White

Director of Ag Day


Sophomore, Baker City, Oregon
Agriculture Education

Majoring in agriculture education, I am currently a sophomore dual enrolled with LBCC and OSU. I am an active member of the Young Cattlemen’s Association, the Ag Ed Club, and Collegiate FFA where I hold the office of Reporter. This year I am very excited to be the Director of Ag Day on the Agricultural Executive Council. Growing up on a commercial cow/calf operation in eastern Oregon, I have always had a strong interest and involvement in agriculture.  In high school I became very active in my FFA chapter and served as the secretary and vice president.  Through FFA I have established competitive club lamb flock, which I still maintain today and also received my State and American FFA degrees. While attending the National FFA Convention in 2010, I realized that agriculture education was the career path exactly right for me. With Oregon State offering one of the best agriculture education programs in the nation, as well as extensive hands on industry opportunities via clubs & teams, I knew it was a perfect fit. I am extremely passionate about agriculture and love all aspects of it. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the College of Agricultural Sciences, as well as OSU as a whole and anticipate a very fun and productive year! GO BEAVS!

Kenzie Smith

Director of Finance
Senior, Springfield, Oregon
Animal Science

My name is Kenzie Smith and I am currently in my fourth and final year here at Oregon State University. I grew up an hour south of Corvallis in Springfield, Oregon where my family raised and showed beef cattle, which is what started my interest in agriculture. Since I was a young child I always knew that I want to work with animals and had dreams of becoming a veterinarian.  As I continued to grow up I realized how much of a passion I have for the animal production side of agriculture. After I graduated from high school there was no question where I wanted to go to school, I wanted to go to a university that offered a great agriculture program and was not too far from my family, Oregon State was perfect. Over the past three years I have been here, OSU continues to confirm that I made a great choice. While being in school I have had so many opportunities to not only learn about numerous aspects of agriculture, but to meet great students and faculty as well. I have been involved in many different programs and clubs here such as, Steer-A-Year, Young Cattlemen’s Association, Collegiate 4-H, Meat Science Club, Pre-Veterinarian Medicine Association, Dairy Club, and Livestock Judging Team.  I feel that all of these experiences have led to a great deal of personal and professional growth. I am excited to serve as the Director of Finance for the Agricultural Executive council at this wonderful university.