To promote academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.


"We, the members of this society, pledge to support endeavors that will always foster and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. We also pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs that will ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields. We pledge to work for the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences."


  • Semi-annual Adopt-A-Mile highway clean up
  • Community Garden with the USDA Service projects for the underserved in the surrounding community
  • College of Agriculture and Related Sciences outreach activity assistance


Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) began as a shared vision by a group of agriculture students and faculty members at Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. Their goal was to develop partnerships between minority students and professionals within academic institutions, government, and agriculturally-related industries. That commitment led to the first national MANRRS conference, held at Michigan State University, in 1986. Since then, MANRRS has become a national organization comprised of thousands of student and professional members.

MANRRS is a non-profit, national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic groups who are interested in agricultural careers and those in related sciences. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in other professional societies for their basic disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support professional development of minorities.


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Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences 


Changing the Face of Agriculture by Linking Hands around the World


2014-2015 DSU MANRRS Chapter members (L to R): Gabrielle Delima, national vice president of undergraduates – Region I; Akida Ferguson, president; Lasheeda Brooks; Debbielynn Mayo, secretary; Mrs. Chandra Owens, Advisor; Kierra Johnson, historian; Daisha Capers; and Lamar Chandler, treasurer.


(From left) Saundra Wheeler, MANRRS Region I Graduate Student VP, DSU’s Gabrielle Delima, Region I Undergraduate Student VP, and Dr. B. Michelle Harris, UDC advisor for MANRRS (right), present a gift to guest speaker Dr. Loston Rowe, DuPont Crop Protection. Dr. Rowe spoke during the MANRRS Region I Cluster meeting, held in the MLK Student Center on the DSU campus, November 8 – 9, 2014.


MANRRS members, Region I, listen intently to guest speaker Dr. Loston Rowe.



MANRRS is a student organization of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences

MANRRS Advisors and Officers

Mrs. Chandra Owens
USDA 1890 Liaison

Mr. Leroy Hawkins
CARS Academic Advisor
National Vice President of Region I
Miss Gabrielle Delima
Miss Akida Ferguson
Vice President
Miss Debbielynn Mayo
Mr. Vincent Chandler
Miss Kierra Johnson

Meeting Date

Meetings are held first and third Thursdays of each month in the Ag Annex building (#47), Room 212, at 11:15 am.

National MANRRS