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Encyclopedia > Alpha Gamma Rho
AGR - Alpha Gamma Rho
Motto "Building Better Men"
Colors Green,Gold
Symbol Sickle and Sheaf
Flower Pink Rose
Founded April 4, 1908 at Ohio State University
Fraternity type Social fraternity
Scope International
Headquarters 10101 North Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Chapters 65
Homepage http://www.alphagammarho.org

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The Fraternity considers the Morrill Act of 1862 to be the instrument of its inception. Having been signed by President Lincoln in 1862, it provided land and other financial supports to establish one institution of higher learning in the agricultural and mechanical sciences within each state. Alpha Gamma Rho, referred to as "AGR", was founded when two local fraternities from Ohio State University (Alpha Gamma Rho, founded 1904) and the University of Illinois (Delta Rho Sigma, founded in 1906) met at an International Livestock Competition in Chicago. Sixteen men originally signed the Fraternity's charter at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis on April 4, 1908. Expansion increased dramatically over the next 3 decades to almost all land-grant universities in the country. The first chapter at a non-land-grant university was chartered in 1959 at University of Arizona. The National Fraternity has expanded to many smaller agricultural colleges and departments in the last 45 years as a measure to increase its membership and influence in agricultural communities. Its members typically pursue agricultural careers upon completion of college, but many have gone on to have careers in other natural sciences, education, economics, law, medicine, and politics. The most-recognized alumnus from Alpha Gamma Rho is Orville Redenbacher. Other famous alumni include Dr. Walter Clore, the father of Washington Wine. Clore also served as president of the Π Chapter of ΑΓΡ at Oklahoma State. The Morrill Land-Grant Acts are pieces of US legislation which allowed for the creation of land-grant colleges, which would be funded by the grant of federally-controlled land to each of the states which had stayed with the United States during the American Civil War. ... Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809–April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th (1861–1865) President of the United States, and the first president from the Republican Party. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Ohio. ... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders The 312 Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... YOrville Redenbacher (July 16, 1907 – September 20, 1995) is most often associated with the brand of popcorn that bears his name. ... Dr. Walter J. Clore (July 1st 1911-Feb. ...

Guiding Values


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.


To be the premier fraternity building values, skills and relationships for lifelong personal and professional success in the food, fiber and life sciences industry.


Essential and enduring tenants of inherit value to Alpha Gamma Rho and its members.

1. Exemplary personal character and ethical conduct 2. Commitment to academic excellence 3. Commitment to interpersonal growth and management experiences resulting from group living 4. Lifelong relationships, commitment and support among collegiate members and alumni 5. Quality membership growth and diversity of membership representing all eligible men 6. Caring, capable, and committed advisers, alumni, and housemothers 7. Sound financial management at the personal, chapter, and national fraternity levels 8. Local responsibility and control with proactive national direction and standards 9. Professional leadership to support the food/fiber and life sciences industry


Brotherhood Program

The Brotherhood Program is designed to eliminate the possibility of hazing. It is an enlightened plan that will continue the tradition of leadership every Brother has come to expect from Alpha Gamma Rho. The elements of the program are embodied in the four cornerstones of our Fraternity.

The Brotherhood Program was adopted after considerable thought and effort. Elements of the program have been in effect in some Chapters for many years. The Brotherhood Program has been further refined and strengthened since it was first adopted in 1992.

Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity was founded in 1904, and grew from the hearts and minds of men who believed in the inherent values found in American agriculture: respect for our neighbors and commitment to doing what’s right. This legacy helped convince the AGR National Board of Directors to adopt the Brotherhood Program.

The Brotherhood Program has since propelled Alpha Gamma Rho to new heights. It’s helped the Fraternity attain stature never before achieved by any fraternal organization. How? By attracting and retaining the finest quality men available.

Four Pillars

Four pillars The four fundamental elements of the Brotherhood Program are the four pillars of our Fraternity, as laid by our founders: recruitment, commitment, education, and recognition.

Four Parameters

1) No more pledging. 2) If it’s required of a freshman, it must be required of a senior. 3) No more dominant/subservient relationship. 4) Rewards must be based on objective criteria and must not encourage class division.

Educational Foundation

The Educational Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho is a not-for-profit corporation funded by voluntary contributions and investment income. The business purpose of the Foundation is to receive and invest contributed property and to distribute such property to qualifying organizations or persons for charitable, religious, educational or scientific purposes. Image File history File linksMetadata Alphagammarhoedfound. ...

These charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, include, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501© (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).


Organized in 1965, The Educational Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho operates as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit 501 © (3) corporation and public charity under the laws of the State of Illinois. The employer identification number is 36-6158409.


To receive money or property by gift, devise or bequest, and to hold, manage, sell, invest and reinvest, use, operate, devote, and expend such money or property and the proceeds, and the income thereof for the study, experimentation, research, and advancement of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and other professions or areas of endeavor related thereto;

To aid and assist needy and deserving students in their efforts to secure a better education by scholarships, loans and/or grants; and

To promote and encourage scientific, philosophic and literary endeavor.

Beneficiaries are college students and they are selected based on scholastic and leadership achievement and need.

Currently, the Foundation funds the following programs: 1. Matching funds to Chapters 2. Leadership Seminars 3. 4-H and FFA scholarships 4. Grants for educational housing 5. Chapter scholarship awards 6. “No Interest” student loans 7. Undergraduate achievement awards 8. Leadership assistants 9. Adviser and Housemother awards 10. Recruitment schools 11. Adviser& housemother training sessions 12. Other educational and leadership programming

In addition, the Educational Foundation owns the Home Office building and leases space to the General Fraternity.

At the present time a significant number of alumni donate annually to support the Fraternity. Their contributions vary in size and represent about 20% of the revenues of the National Fraternity.

Because of Alpha Gamma Rho’s strong ties with its alumni and the programs provided by the National Fraternity, AGR has been one of the leaders among fraternities in the amount of support received from alumni.

Famous Alumni


YOrville Redenbacher (July 16, 1907 – September 20, 1995) is most often associated with the brand of popcorn that bears his name. ... Dr. Walter J. Clore (July 1st 1911-Feb. ...


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  • Lee Morgan - CEO of Caterpillar
  • Russ Mawby - CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • James Cash Penney - founder of JC Penney Department Stores

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Contact Information

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, 10101 North Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64153-1395


816.891.9401 FAX


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Eta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho Purpose (0 words)
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The Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho was founded at the University of Tennessee in 1951 by a group of individuals with a common interest in agriculture and brotherhood.
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