Agricultural Education

Matt Mars

Matthew (“Matt”) Mars is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Leadership and Innovation in the Department of Agricultural Education in CALS. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that span the topics of entrepreneurial leadership and innovation in agricultural and community-based settings and environments. Matt is also the Director of Graduate Studies and the Coordinator of the Leadership and Communication curriculum in the Agricultural Education department.

Students say they'll miss CALS professor who cares

Professor James Knight is a big believer in the maxim that little things mean a lot.

That's what students say they'll miss most now that he's retiring as one of the University of Arizona's most popular educators.

Balloons, bouquets and best wishes greeted the professor's last lecture Wednesday at the campus where he spent much of his career.

"I don't think I've ever met anyone who cares more about his students," said sophomore Ethan Reiter, 20, a Texan majoring in biomedical science.

Student teacher looks forward to having own classroom

Although Kalea Taylor did not grow up on a farm, she hopes to inspire the next generation of farmers.

A student teacher in Casa Grande Union High School's ag program, Taylor brings her love of plant life to the classroom along with her first-hand experience with the National FFA Organization.

"I loved FFA when I was in high school," Taylor said. "It definitely jump-started my interest in agricultural education."

A student at the University of Arizona, Taylor expects to graduate in May with a degree in agricultural education.

Lettuce Project Sprouts National Prize for UA Student


One Yuman's work in iceberg lettuce has paid off - with national recognition.

For the first time, University of Arizona-Yuma had one of their undergraduate students, Kaylee Renick, recognized at the national level for her work in agricultural research into iceberg lettuce. She received first place in the oral competition at the American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference in Palm Desert, Calif., with seven other students from universities around the nation.

CALS Welcomes New Ag Ed Leadership

CALS welcomed incoming Agricultural Education Department Head Bobby Torres in June. Torres earned his bachelor and master's degrees from New Mexico State University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Ohio State University. Torres served as the agriculture teacher at Willcox High School and was an agricultural education professor at New Mexico State University. Prior to becoming a Wildcat, Torres directed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

CALS selected for student leadership training opportunity

The University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been chosen for Agriculture Future of America's University Growth Initiative.

"We are excited to welcome students from the University of Arizona into our professional development programs," said Russ Weathers, AFA president and CEO. "Their unique perspectives will add to the depth of discussion and engagement in our program environment."

CALS Office Works With Business, Industry to Improve Employment Skills in Youth

Preparing Arizona students to excel in highly skilled professions is critical to the future of our nation.

From engineering sciences and aircraft mechanics to nursing, agribusiness and bioscience, developing a competitive workforce is essential in rebuilding our floundering economy.

At the epicenter of a statewide effort to strengthen career and technical education is the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


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