About PAS


The National Postsecondary Agriculture Students Organization was organized in March 1979 under Draft Bylaws. PAS was officially founded in March 1980 in Kansas City, Missouri. PAS celebrated 30 years of growth and success in 2010 and continues to look into the future.

The membership now totals some 1,400 members from 62 Chapters located in 18 states. It is available to students in agriculture/agribusiness/natural resources postsecondary programs in approximately 550 institutions in all 50 states.

MISSION

The National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation.

VISION

PAS aspires to be the premier leadership and career development organization serving college agriculture students.

MOTTO

"Uniting Education and Industry in Agriculture."

One of our main purposes is to provide an opportunity for developing leadership abilities through participation in the employment experience programs, course work, and organization activities.

VALUES

  • Individual Leadership Abilities
  • Intellectual Growth
  • Technical Competency
  • Strong Personal Ethics
  • Life Long Learning
  • Diversity
  • Education and Industry Partnerships

MEMBERSHIP

  • Available to students in agriculture-related collegiate programs in 550 institutions in all 50 states.

PROGRAMS

  • Instructional programs cover all areas of agriculture and agriculture-related occupations.
  • The organization enhances members’ occupational training through incentive awards and leadership opportunities, including:
- Agricultural Education Career Program Area

- Ag Machinery Service Technician Career Program Area

- Agricultural Sales Career Program Area

- College Bowl

- Crops Specialist Career Program Area

- Dairy Specialist Career Program Area

- Employment Interview Career Program Area

- Equine Science Career Program Area

- Livestock Specialist Career Program Area

- Ornamental Horticulture Career Program Area

- Planning for Progress Career Program Area that:
    • encourages PAS members to explore careers and take active roles in the educational process
    • provides students with state and national recognition in specific agricultural areas
- Soil Science Specialist Career Program Area

- Speakers for Agriculture Career Program Area

Leadership

  • Governed by a National Board of Directors
  • The board is composed of seven national student officers and nine non-student members.
  • Non-student members represent postsecondary faculty, teacher educators, state supervisors, industry and the U.S. Department of Education.

Meetings

  • The organization conducts business in the Fall and at the national conference; held annually in March.
  • In the interim, the board of directors meets to deal with organizational business.

Support

  • Membership fees are paid on a chapter and individual basis.
  • Special projects are funded by agricultural businesses and organizations.

History

  • The national organization was organized in March 1979 under Draft Bylaws.
  • Officially founded in March 1980 with adoption of Bylaws.

Further Information

Craig A. McEnany
Executive Director

1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny Iowa 50023
Office 515-964-6866
Fax 515-965-7369
Cell 515-371-2478