DkIT Ag Society was founded in 2018, by Éanna Reynolds, Patrick Lally, Ryan Callan, Michael Carey, Matt Thompson and Thomas Moore - six third-year students that are studying a B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture degree.
The course entails four years - the first two of which are based three days a week in Ballyhaise Ag College, followed by two days at DkIT; students attend DkIT for four years a week in final-year, spending the remaining day at Ballyhaise.
“One of the main reasons the Ag Soc was founded was to link all four years of the course who otherwise wouldn’t cross paths.” The spokesperson told That’s Farming.
The founders aim to bring the agricultural community within other courses in the college together through the organisation of social and educational events.
“We launched the society at the sports and societies sign up day and received over two hundred and fifty members!” The spokesperson added.
Going from strength-to-strength
2018-19 was the pilot year of our society in which they organised many vents such as two mystery bus tours and various other outings, including a trip to Farmaphobia last autumn and one to a careers expo this spring.
The Ag Soc is a non-profit organisation and donates all proceeds made from events to a charity. This year’s chosen charity is Embrace FARM - the farm accident support network.
“This was found to be a very worthy charity as the farming community feels the impacts of farm accidents on a daily basis.” The spokesperson added.
The group have received sponsorship from Tractor Tribe, Glanbia, Agri-net, Progressive Genetics, Grassland Agro, Irish Charolais Cattle Society, Animax, FBD and many more.
“We hope the society goes from strength-to-strength and continues to grow long after we have graduated from DKIT.” The spokesperson concluded.
Keep up-to-date with DkIT Ag Society on social media – follow their Facebook and Snapchat - dkit-agsoc.
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