Welcome to our Agriculture Department! We have many exciting agriculture classes and opportunities and experienced faculty and staff. We are always ready to share information about our many opportunities for getting involved in clubs and activities while building a strong academic foundation. Students benefit from quality instruction, practical “hands-on” experiences and a student-centered faculty and staff. Upon completion of an Associate in Science degree of Associate of Applied Science degree, you will be prepared for a seamless transition to a four-year university or to apply your skills in the workforce.
- Agriculture AS
- Equine Science Assisted Therapy AAS
- Sustainable Agriculture AAS with Technical Occupational Specialties in:
- Sustainable Agroecosystem Technology AAS
- Certificates of Mastery
Annie Pearson, Department Head for Agriculture
Office: Ag Hall Room 110 at Darlington
Annie Pearson received an associate degree in Animal Science from Redlands and transferred to Oklahoma State University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Business. She grew up in the panhandle of Texas and judged livestock for Redlands Annie moved to El Reno after graduating from OSU and worked for the Oklahoma Youth Expo. At Redlands, she really enjoys working with the students and working in the agriculture industry.
Agriculture Professor and Livestock Judging Coach
Brandon Callis is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a master’s degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Kansas State University. A native of Needville, Texas, he was active in 4-H and FFA. At the college level, he was a member of the National Champion Livestock Judging Team. He served as an assistant coach and head coach in Kansas before joining Redlands in 2012. Brandon was twice named National Junior College Coach of the Year, coached two national champion teams and several students have received All-American status from the National Livestock Judging Junior College Coaches Association. Brandon feels blessed to work at such an outstanding institution.
Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer Program Coordinator
Sam Nusz attended El Reno Junior College before transferring to Oklahoma State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education. Sam was a high school agriculture education teacher for 20 years in Oklahoma and six years in Texas before returning to Redlands. He completed his Master of Natural and Applied Science through Missouri State University's Pathways Program. At Redlands, Sam's responsibilities include instructing courses and managing the meat goat herd and the day-to-day operations at the Darlington Education and Applied Research Center.
Agriculture Professor and Royse Ranch Manager
Ed Zweiacher received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, a Master of Science degree in Animal Breeding from Texas Tech University and additional graduate work from Texas A&M University. His career in higher education has included time at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Texas Tech University and Frank Phillips College. He has been involved in teaching, supervision and applied research. Ed has been selected to be a presenter and co-presenter at several conferences and workshops and is involved in professional organizations. In addition, he is very active in his community. He also enjoys photography and many other things that enhance the quality of life for others. He appreciates and admires the eager-to-learn student.
As an agriculture student at Redlands, you will benefit from our partnerships with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA Agricultural Research Service. Because of these relationships, we can provide learning opportunities that are typically offered at the graduate and doctoral studies levels. We also have many opportunities for you to get plugged into your area of study and to connect with other Redlands students.
Do you want to travel and network with leaders in the livestock industry? As part of the Redlands Livestock Judging team, you have the opportunity to compete in contests at the local, regional and national levels. And, just as important, you will learn effective communication and leadership skills, teamwork, and analytical thinking. The experience can open many doors of opportunity. Several team members have continued their judging career at Oklahoma State University, and some alumni can be found judging livestock shows.
Agriculture Ambassadors is a select group of students dedicated to enhancing the image of and interest in the agriculture community and the Redlands Community College Department of Agriculture. Ambassadors visit area Oklahoma FFA chapters, host prospective students on campus, speak on behalf of the Agriculture Department and participate in service learning activities in the community.
The Redlands Aggie Club gives you the opportunity to gain skills in leadership, team building, event planning and fundraising. The club raises funds for community and youth activities and organizes the annual banquet and scholarship fundraiser. As a member of the Aggie Club, you will build a great network in the agriculture industry and develop life-long friendships.
Agriculture students have a unique opportunity to apply for one of many specialized scholarships available in the area of academic or extracurricular activities such as applied research, leadership or service learning.
Darlington Agriculture Education and Applied Research Center
Darlington Agriculture Education and Applied Research Center is a 110-acre center that includes classrooms, demonstration labs, barns and pens. At the Center, you will take basic agriculture courses and participate in undergraduate research opportunities. You can become actively involved in the center’s projects and learn more about the practical applications of the knowledge you are gaining in the classroom.
Royse Ranch, a 314-acre ranch north of El Reno, is a working facility that houses a bovine center, two indoor arenas, four round pens, 65 stalls and a classroom building. At Royse Ranch, we offer a variety learning opportunities, including classes on beef production, livestock evaluation, equine horsemanship and more. The bovine center has an artificial insemination lab and houses our purebred Angus show herd and commercial cow herd. Our partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Station also provides unique, hands-on learning opportunities. And through a partnership with Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program, Redlands students learn how to provide hope and healing through interaction with horses.