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Message from the Dean

In agriculture, we mark the passage of time as much by the changing of the seasons as we do by turning a calendar’s page. A chilly winter gives way to tempestuous spring with longer days, windy afternoons, greener pastures and, eventually, a cycle of warmer temperatures. A fresh breeze from the southwest is a reminder of the summer days to come.

Picture of Dr. James PritchettWe find ourselves in an unusual spring, don’t we? The COVID-19 pandemic is a globally disruptive emergency that is challenging the basic patterns of our everyday lives.  I am hopeful that you find yourself healthy and adapting to these new circumstances. As a community, we are able to meet the challenge of the pandemic with flexibility, creativity, and kindness.

Kindness is a common virtue in agriculture, and it’s readily apparent in our community.  Many of you have inquired about our students, faculty, and employees. Thank you for sharing your best wishes and support. As Rams, we welcome each other and take care of each other ... even if we need to do it from a greater distance.

President McConnell is taking common-sense approaches to minimize the spread of the virus so that we can do our part in safeguarding public health and safety. We do this by teaching our classes online, providing services virtually, communicating across digital media, and continuing our critical research and support functions at the research centers with appropriate safeguards. Thanks go to our hard-working faculty and staff who are problem solvers with curious eyes, steady hands, and a passion for service. I am heartened by their dedication and courage. In a time of uncertainty, it’s important to have dependable common sense and commitment.

Agriculture is resilient, and this shared virtue has been a guide for us in many of the existential challenges faced by generations of Aggies. We are mindful of the courage and perseverance needed to withstand drought, flood, economic crises, and disease. We will succeed together.

I am grateful for your support of CSU, then, now, and in the future. With this support, we pass along the virtues of innovation, kindness, and resiliency. Your investment makes a difference for generations to come.

We will plant seeds again as the soil warms, care for our livestock, steward natural resources, and give the world a safe, balanced, and secure food supply. As the seasons change, agriculture’s purpose is unyielding, and our vision undaunted.

Thank you for all you do, and best wishes for a healthy season. Please let us know if we may be of assistance and keep up with our successes and challenges at the social media platforms linked below.

Warm regards,


James Pritchett
Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
Interim Director, Agriculture Experiment Station

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