The Penn State Ag Council serves as an industry advisory group to the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and is comprised of organizations, groups, and businesses that represent a strategic agricultural or related interest in Pennsylvania.

The council was formed in 1961 as the primary forum for interaction between college leadership and its industry clientele. It provides members opportunities to stay informed of, and engage in, college programs and priorities, provide expertise and feedback, and engage stakeholders in advocacy for the college and agriculture.

The council includes trade associations for various agricultural industries; commodity promotion groups and cooperatives; agriculturally-oriented media; organizations that provide products and services to the agribusiness community; government-related organizations with agricultural interests; and more general interests groups.  All membership applications are approved by a majority vote of the board of directors.

Each member organization appoints a delegate to the council, who attends biannual Delegate Meetings and is eligible for consideration as a nominee to the Council's 12-person board of directors, which governs the full council.

Become a Member

Application for membership to the Penn State Agricultural Council.

Board, Members, and Committees

Board of Directors, member companies and organizations, and committees of the Penn State Ag Council.

Leadership Awards

The Penn State Agricultural Council leadership awards honor outstanding leaders in the agricultural community in Pennsylvania. Excellence in three categories is recognized: Leadership Award, Youth Leadership Award, and Leadership in Action Award.

College Relations Office


229 Ag Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802