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Driven by a sense of discovery, OSU Agriculture has always sought scientific and viable solutions to society’s problems to share with the world. Our ability to advance teaching, research and Extension efforts are critical to the state’s economy, our citizens’ safety and quality of life.


Our future is bright with exciting plans to create a new home for the rebranded Ferguson College of Agriculture. The state-of-the-art facility will improve recruitment and retention efforts, elevate research capabilities and create opportunities for life-changing discoveries in the agricultural science and natural resource industries.

The facility is being created with modern teaching methods in mind, utilizing flexible lab spaces to serve multiple disciplines and interactive classrooms to harness students’ energy and the excitement of innovation.

It will transform our efforts to become even more collaborative, bringing all of OSU Agriculture’s expertise to bear on the challenges and opportunities facing the state of Oklahoma.

Fergusons

Kayleen and Larry Ferguson are avid OSU benefactors who want to help feed the world by elevating OSU Agriculture and its programs. The couple are the namesakes of the Ferguson Family Dairy Center in recognition of their foundation’s lead gift for the facility, including Helms Hall. The gift revitalized the aging program and empowered OSU to enhance the research-based education offered at the facility while also attracting the brightest students. The Fergusons, who met as students in the mid-1970s, have received numerous alumni awards from Oklahoma State University and believe in giving back to their alma mater.

Dean Thomas Coon

“This project will change and modernize our research and the way we teach scientific subjects. It all goes back to the premise of being a modern, land-grant institution. Research has the promise to change the way we grow food and care for the natural environment we rely on. It can transform Oklahoma’s economy, fostering innovation that will feed a growing world population.”

LATEST NEWS:

Tailgate celebrates New Frontiers donors and progress for new home for OSU Agriculture

September 29, 2021

Fall is here and so is Oklahoma State University Cowboy Football. The OSU Foundation partnered with OSU Agriculture to host a New Frontiers Tailgate Sept. 25 during the Roots and Boots game against Kansas State University.

John Groendyke to name Ecology and Water Quality Research Lab

May 26, 2021

John Groendyke has watched Oklahoma State University’s campus transform over the past 20 years and is eager to play a part in the New Frontiers campaign, which will create a new, state-of-the-art, home for OSU Agriculture.

Oklahoma State University breaks ground on New Frontiers Agricultural Hall

April 23, 2021

Oklahoma State University celebrated the groundbreaking for the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall on April 23. The facility will strengthen the three pillars of the university’s land-grant mission — research, teaching and Extension

AFR Insurance Deepens OSU Partnership with Gift to New Frontiers

March 22, 2021

AFR Insurance is excited to expand its partnership with Oklahoma State University and the Ferguson College of Agriculture with a gift to the New Frontiers campaign—a five-year commitment totaling $100,000.

Cornerstone Donor Dr. Barry Pollard to name Ag Sciences Gallery

March 11, 2021

Neurosurgeon, business owner and proud alumnus Dr. Barry Pollard is excited for the future of OSU Agriculture. He, along with his company, are among a prestigious group of Cornerstone Donors who have given $1 million or more to the New Frontiers campaign.

Reviving a Campus Classic

December 14, 2020

The New Frontiers campaign at OSU is reviving a campus classic. The campaign is raising $50 million in private funds for a new teaching, Extension and research facility to be the new home of the Ferguson College of Agriculture. It also will launch a re-imagined Dairy Bar on the building’s ground floor.

Construction on new Ferguson College building begins this spring

December 13, 2020

Construction on the facility is scheduled to begin in the spring with the hope of welcoming students, faculty and staff into the building in 2023.

August 2020 New Frontiers Campaign Updates

August 13, 2020

Even in the midst of a pandemic, OSU Agriculture is making good progress toward its goal of constructing a new building for the Ferguson College of Agriculture and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Ross Seed Supports Future of OSU Agriculture

July 24, 2020

Ross Seed’s connection to Oklahoma State University is longstanding, with many family members and employees receiving degrees from the institution. The Ross family’s deep connection has inspired them to give back again, in the way of a $100,000 pledge to OSU Agriculture’s New Frontiers campaign.

Historic gift launches New Frontiers Fundraising Campaign

January 15, 2020

Transformational gift from alumni leads to new name for OSU's agriculture college

The Ferguson Family Foundation’s $50 million gift is one of the largest commitments to academics in OSU’s 130-year history. Kayleen and Larry are the latest example of leaders sparking transformation on our beloved campus.

Campaign Launch

CAMPAIGN AT A GLANCE:

The $100 million new facility will feature an Academic Pavilion, Student Services Pavilion and Laboratory Pavilion. Much like OSU’s ENDEAVOR laboratory and the new facility for the Spears School of Business, the new home of the Ferguson College of Agriculture prioritizes experiential teaching, flexible research and a strong sense of community through strategically designed spaces. OSU is working with loyal members of the Cowboy family to help secure the remaining $20 million in private and corporate fundraising.

TOTAL PROJECT COST:

$100M


$50 million in private support

$50 million from OSU & other resources


CAMPAIGN PROGRESS:

$50M GOAL

90.81%

$45,203,616 committed as of 9/20/21

Total Donors

387

TOTAL DONORS

New Donors

308

DONORS ADDED SINCE
JAN. 2020 LAUNCH


CORNERSTONE DONORS:

Our perpetual goal is to educate quality leaders and prepare them to change the world. Cornerstone Donors, who commit to gifts of $1 million and more, will help us make that happen. In any building, the cornerstone determines the position of the entire structure and sets the direction of progress. Our Cornerstone Donors will be the foundation of the campaign and determine the trajectory and pace of our success.

As lead supporters, Cornerstone Donors will receive first right-of-refusal for naming opportunities within the building and will be included in VIP events leading up to the building’s dedication.

CORNERSTONE DONORS:

Ferguson Family Foundation​

John & Virginia Groendyke​

Anonymous​

Dr. Barry Pollard/P&K Equipment​

Win and Kay Ingersoll​

Frank & Ludmila Robson​

Sunderland Foundation​

A.J. and Susan Jacques​

Jeff & Lynn Hilst

OTHER MAJOR GIFT DONORS:

Jay & Cathy Albright​

Mark & Jennifer Allen

Dana & Barry Bessinger​

Todd & Mindy Brashears

Brian & Angela Callahan

Jarold & Jennifer Callahan​

Linda Cline​

Dr. N. Andy Cole

Rhonda & Tom Coon​

Dr. A. (Al) E. Darlow Family

Jered & Lindsey Davidson

Danny Davis Memorial

Dillingham Family Foundation​

Gerald & Diane Doeksen

Damona Doye

Wendy & Gentner Drummond

Bill & Nancy Ford

Greg & Kristen Hart

Dorma Hobbs​

The Hodgen Family

Helen Hodges​

Matt, Amy, Kanon & Chayse Huhnke

Craige & Sara Johnston

Barry & Lana Knight

Tammy S. Lee

Jami & John Longacre

Dave & Jean McLaughlin

Meibergen Family

Richard Melot

Amy & Malone Mitchell III

Jim & Lou Morris

Kathy Noltensmeyer

Donald & Willadean Ramsey Memoria​​​l

Dr. Jim Rutledge​

Scott Sewell​

Gwen Shaw

Ginny & Bob Sherrer

Sidwell Family Foundation for Agriculture

Rob & Mary (Kalka) Shuey​

Ken & Kathy Starks​

JJ & Ed Stevak

Dr. Jim & Connie Stiegler

Greg & Dixie (Shaw) Thomas

Phil & Ruth Terry

Doug & Ranet Tippens​

Terry & Donna Tippens​

David & Cindy Waits

Matt & Kristine Waits Family Foundation

Susanne Wasson​

Carrol White

Dava White

Dr. Dennis & Marta White

Jerry & Michelle White

Joe & Sue Williams

Christina & Yancy Wright

​AgPreference​

American AgCredit

American Farmers & Ranchers

Armstrong Bank

BancCentral NA

BancFirst​

BMS Intermediaries, Inc.

Farm Credit of Enid FLCA​

Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma​

Farmers Grain Company

Farmers State Bank

First Bank & Trust Company - Perry, Billings, Covington & Pawnee

Greenleaf Nursery

McCasland Foundation​

National Livestock

Oklahoma 4-H Foundation

Oklahoma AgCredit​

Oklahoma Cotton Council

Oklahoma Farm Bureau​

Oklahoma Genetics, Inc.

Oklahoma Pork Council

Oklahoma Wheat Commission

Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation

Ross Seed Company

Shawnee Milling Company

Sooner Cooperative

Triangle Insurance Company

Wheeler Brothers Grain Co.

Sergio Abit

“To have flexible lab space that I can rearrange to suit the kind of creative teaching technique that I want to implement for a particular exercise would be an incredible tool for educating students.”

THE NEW AG HALL:

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EXTERIOR RENDERINGS:

INTERIOR RENDERINGS:

BUILDING HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Interdisciplinary research lab neighborhoods
  • Flexible and multi-disciplinary science teaching labs
  • Group study rooms and collaborative spaces for both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Expanded space and presence for student organizations, including the Student Success Center, which coordinates on-campus career fairs and other activities with 60+ student organizations
  • Central multi-level atrium furnished for student study and interaction
  • Flexible lecture halls, classrooms and computer labs
  • Departmental and faculty offices
  • Home for Oklahoma 4-H
  • Improved research laboratories and infrastructure
  • Re-envisioned Dairy Bar
Presient Burns Hargis

"We are creating a cornerstone facility where the Ferguson College of Agriculture can successfully endow its faculty and programs, positioning OSU Agriculture to be among the best nationally and internationally. Top scientists will be competing to work and study at Oklahoma State.”

PROJECT IMPACT:

The new home for the Ferguson College of Agriculture will strengthen OSU Agriculture’s research, teaching and Extension missions while addressing two key challenges: attracting and retaining scientific leaders and equipping collaborative teams with state-of-the-art laboratory and field facilities. It will redefine what is possible for our faculty, students and the industries and communities that depend on our research. The new building will:

Students
  • Enhance one-of-a-kind educational experiences for students with more access to undergraduate research and elevated leadership training
  • Improve OSU’s ability to recruit, develop and retain exceptional faculty and students
    OSU is seen as a school-of-choice for top-ranked FFA students nationally
    Faculty members are regularly recognized nationally for their excellence in teaching
  • Elevate research, providing a competitive edge for securing grants and creating revenue-generating patents
  • Grow the impact of OSU’s Extension services and outreach programs
  • Positively impact Oklahoma’s economy with applicable advancements developed in key areas of the state’s agricultural and natural resource industries
  • Empower global and strategic thinking to address significant challenges and opportunities facing the world

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Classroom Impact
Lab Impact
Student Impact
Research Impact
Adrienne Blakey

"I am so excited about the possibilities of having new lab facilities for agricultural research, because it is one of the most important fields that we continue to study. OSU and OSU students are more than capable of being on the front line of this type of research.”

PROPOSED TIMELINE:

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Site & building
needs assessment

2017
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Feasibility study
conducted

2018
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College-hosted information/
engagement meetings

2019
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Fergusons commit lead gift,
culminating successful
silent fundraising

2019
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Architectural planning
begins

2019
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Public launch
of the campaign

2020
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Groundbreaking
celebration

SPRING 2021
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Dusty Boots
Construction tours

FALL/WINTER 2022
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Building dedication
& celebration

FALL 2023