College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

IAA 50 Years

Since 1991, the Institute of Applied Agriculture has awarded 113 Shields Memorial Scholarships totaling over $115,000 thanks to IAA alumnus R. John Shields, Jr. John, who completed his IAA course...
The Institute of Applied Agriculture concluded its 50th Anniversary year with a pre-graduation celebration which attracted so many people that it outgrew two locations before settling nicely into the...
Myron Frock Agriculture Certificate 1978
Myron Frock could never conceive of of leaving his farm. “It’ll be 38 years that I’ve had it!” said the 1978 graduate, who majored in Farm Production and Management at the Institute of Applied...
Institute of Applied Agriculture graduate Jason Rightnour probably has one of the coolest jobs around. “I run the White House Greenhouse,” said Rightnour nonchalantly. “I’ve been doing that for 14...
Jeff Van Fleet, Golf Course Management, Class of 2000
2000 Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) graduate Jeff Van Fleet loves to see a finished product, which is one of the reasons he chose his profession. For 16 years as the Golf Course...
IAA alumni spotlight - sharon bryant - agriculture certificate
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time and experiences at IAA,” said Sharon Bryant, a former Business Farming major. “The classes were small, and everyone knew each other.” During her time at UMD, Bryant...
Alumni Spotlight Alisa DeGeorge
“I wish I was back working in plants!” exclaimed Alisa DeGeorge, a 2005 IAA graduate and former General Horticulture major. DeGeorge, who has been working at the Social Security Administration for...
William Ensor truly thinks the Institute of Applied Agriculture saved his life, his professional life, that is. “The IAA, coupled with the AGNR fraternity, were the two best experiences I had in my...
“Everything we learned in class--the management class, basic turfgrass science, cultural and agronomic practices--it all goes right to the office, really,” said Institute of Applied Agriculture...
IAA Golf Ball
The Institute of Applied Agriculture has been growing agricultural careers for 50 years. Celebrate the achievements of IAA students past and present with the purchase of a 3-pack of IAA Titleist...

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