he annual Ag Days event was held June 18th this year. Ag Days is unique in that the whole event is planned, set up, and ran by students. The purpose of Ag Days is to inform and educate more people, specifically college students, about the how they are impacted by agriculture— from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. The event also serves as a great recruiting tool to encourage more students to major in the field of plant science.
There was a great turnout this year— 2200+ people came to ride the tractor up the hill, see the animals and farm machinery, milk a cow, munch on ice cream, pancakes, french fries, and grapes, sow a few seeds, and learn a thing or two about the big world of agriculture. The planning committee did a great job this year as the day went smoothly and everything was set up on time.
The Horticulture Department had a booth set up where attendees could come enjoy flowers and sow some seeds in a mini pot to take home. We were busy the entire day talking about what we do in the horticulture program while helping students and families pick seeds to plant.
The 2015 Master Gardener Regional Convention, sponsored by University of Idaho Extension, will be June 25th and 26th located in the Benson Building at BYU-Idaho and the BYU-Idaho Thomas E. Ricks Gardens. “Master Gardeners and those interested in learning about the Master Gardener Program in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. Students and faculty from the University of Idaho and BYU-Idaho are also invited to attend.
Thursday, June 25th— 6:00pm
Did you know that all your dreams can come true and that you can work for Disney? We know you’re in the field of plant science, but just because you spend more time these days playing in the dirt than daydreaming about being a prince or princess in well-spun fairytale, doesn’t mean that you should count Disney out. Disney/Epcot puts a lot of money into their landscaped gardens. It’s part of it’s magical charm and one of many reasons the masses enjoy their Disney adventures. Disney also is heavily involved sustainable high-tech horticulture and agriculture. They do truly amazing things with plant material.
But we’re getting off-topic. Did you know that every year they are looking for students to fill internships in the field of plant science? Hey, that’s us! In fact, a few of our students have interned with Disney in the past, and we have a few completing their internship experience with them right now. It’s quite the process to be accepted for one of their programs, so we wanted to put this information out right now for anybody who thinks this is something they would like to be involved in. Start looking into and planning now for this opportunity.
Desired majors include but are not limited to: Ag. Communication, Ag. Education, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agronomy, Aquaculture, Aquatic Biology, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Crop Science, Biological and Biosystems/Agricultural Engineering, Entomology, Environmental Horticulture, Fisheries, Food Science, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Ornamental Horticulture, and Plant Science.
Operate a recirculating freshwater aquaculture facility. Monitor filtration systems and water quality, assist in diagnosis and control of disease, and raise fish to marketable size for Walt Disney World® restaurants.
Maintain a tissue culture production facility. Prepare media and culture a wide variety of plants. Then, collect, package and deliver the tissue-cultured plants to Epcot® merchandise locations.
Become an integral part of The Land’s Integrated Pest Management program. Rear and maintain insect colonies, release beneficial insects into greenhouse crops, and maintain entomology-related shows.
Maintain a high-quality show of hydroponically-grown food crops from around the globe. Seed, transplant, irrigate and prune plants; harvest produce for Epcot® restaurants; rake, sweep, and provide general cleanup of greenhouses.
The majority of positions accept applications from January-March (for summer/fall), and August-November (for spring), positions may be posted at any time during the year, so we encourage you to check their site for updates regularly. http://disneycareers.com/en/default/ We post information when we hear from their science programs manager so look for that as well— all right here on our weebly.
Also, check out these links from Disney to get a better idea of what’s expected and how to apply.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.