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About Us


To make better men, and through them a broader and better agriculture by surrounding our members with influences tending to encourage individual endeavor, resourcefulness and aggressive effort along lines making for the development of better mental, social, moral and physical qualities; to promote a wider acquaintance and a broader outlook on the part of agricultural men through fellowship in a national organization that stands for the best social, mental and moral development



The Social-Professional Advantage

Most college fraternities are strictly social. And Alpha Gamma Rho offers that same social experience – you’ll make friends and create memories that will stay with you the rest of your life. AGR is legendary for being one of the tightest-knit groups of friends on campus.


But there’s an added benefit to AGR membership that most other fraternities simply can’t offer. Because we’re also a professional fraternity – in our case, all our members share some connection to the agriculture industry.


Why is that so important? For one, it means that you’ll spend your college years around individuals with a common interest, helping you expand your understanding of agriculture and get the most from your education, both in the classroom and beyond it.


Even more importantly, it means that you have a ready-made network of friends in the agriculture community once you’re out of college. With thousands of AGR members across the country and even around the globe, we are a force in the world of agriculture. When you’re searching for a job, looking for advice, or networking professionally, that’s a huge advantage.

The professional advantage gives members the opportunity to network with other agriculture companies. The ACES career fair is very important to the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho, it is an opportunity in which the chapter prepares each member through resume critiques and social practices.   


Our Heritage: Started in 1906. More relevant than ever.

In 1906, a group of agriculture students from the University of Illinois crossed paths with a similar group from Ohio State University at the International Livestock Exhibition in Chicago. And what started as a chance meeting has changed thousands of lives since.


In the decades that followed, the Alpha Chapter at the University of Illinois has become the flagship chapter of a national fraternity that has grown to include more than 70 universities and colleges. Alpha Chapter has been home to more than 2,000 University of Illinois students, with thousands of alumni all over the world ready to help you reach your full potential.


Alpha Chapter at Illinois has produced generations of outstanding men - including CEOs of major companies like Caterpillar and PetSmart, as well as State and US Congressmen, and many, many leaders in the agricultural and business communities on the state, national and global levels.


Our common bond in agriculture is what unites us - whether our members grew up on a farm or not, our members will always be relevant as long as society needs food and fiber.


National and State Leaders in Agriculture
Alpha Chapter alumni have held a number of major leadership positions in agricultural organizations on the national and state level, including:


Dave Culbertson 
Illinois Pork Board


Jim Hankes 
Illinois Meat Processors Association


Dave Harrell 
Illinois Soybean Association


Wayne Heberer 
Illinois Pork Producers Association


Bob Johnson 
Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board


Jerry King 
National Pork Producers Association
Illinois Pork Producers Association


Randy Marten
National Wheat Foundation


Garry Niemeyer 
National Corn Growers Association

Illinois Corn Growers Association


David Reis 
Illinois Pork Producers Association

Dan Steimel 
Illinois Pork Producers Association


Jay Vroom
National Wheat Foundation


Steve Wentworth
National Corn Growers Association
Illinois Corn Growers Association

Illinois Master Farmers
Alpha Chapter has produced a number of outstanding farmers, including many who have been honored as Illinois Master Farmers: 

Roger Allaman

Bill Baumgartner

Joe Bicknell

David Bliss
Craig Buhrow

John Curtin

David Erickson

Bill Gray

Wayne Heberer

Don Huftalin

Bob Johnson

Rollie Main

Garry Niemeyer

Virgil Rosendale

David Ruppert

James Smith

Roger Wegehenkel

Terry Wolf

William Wyffels

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