Caleb Swears

Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Why did you choose your major? 

I chose Agricultural Business with a concentration in Pre-Law because it expands my knowledge of agricultural economics while learning about how laws and regulations effect agriculture in every way. The University of Arkansas is home to the National Ag Law Center that helps the agricultural sector to know how court decisions effect the agricultural industry and how it will affect the daily life of a farmer. The University of Arkansas is known for their amazing facility in the agricultural law sector that provide the public with unbiased data on issues relating to agriculture. I grew up on a family farm where I have seen regulations and laws steadily increase over the course of my lifetime. I chose my major so I can stand up for these family farms and help them continue to farm for generations to come. 

What are you hoping to do with it? 

I hope go to law school after graduation and to work in Washington D.C. one day on legislation and regulation issues that relate to agriculture. I want to be the mediator between the farmer and the government that can create positive solutions that both sides can agree with. I hope to write and develop laws and regulations that will benefit the farmers and ranchers around the country.  

How do you stay involved with your department? 

There are several ways to stay involved in the Agricultural Business and Economics department. All of the professors are there to help you. If you have a question, they are always there to answer them for you.  Agricultural Business has a GroupMe that helps the department to stay informed on classes and current issues in the department. Mass emails are also sent throughout the department on a regular basis that helps students to stay informed with events and issues effecting the department. Many students will hang out in AFLS that allows for lots of interaction. You will also see your professors walking around in AFLS. They want to get to know you and are always willing to stop and talk. 

What is your favorite class and/or professor? 

My favorite class was agricultural policy. It showed me how the government and agencies make their laws and regulations. I learned how they affect the farmer and how I could help represent these people one day. My favorite professor is Dr. Rucker. She has always pushed me to do my best in everything I do and continues to help me as I go through college.  

How are you an engaged U of A student outside of the classroom? 

I am involved in the several clubs and organizations. Here are a few involvements I am in: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity President, Collegiate Farm Bureau Vice President, Agriculture Future of America National Ambassador, Associated Student Government Senator, Lonoke County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, Collegiate 4-H Member, FFA Alumni Member, ACT Member, and many others across campus. 

What is your favorite thing about Bumpers College? 

I grew up in a small town in eastern Arkansas. I wanted that small town feeling when I came to college. I found this through Bumpers College. It is a place where basically everyone knows everyone and everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand. The community is a welcoming and inviting community where everyone feels included. 

Why did you want to be an ambassador? 

I became an ambassador to show incoming and current students the high quality of education and staff at Bumpers College. Everyone pushes you to do your best but is always there to help you along the way. From internships to jobs, Bumpers College prepares students to be the next generation of agricultural leaders. 

What is your advice for an incoming freshman? 

I would advise students to get involved in as many things as you can. Employers like to see students who are willing to go the extra mile and stand out in a crowd. There are endless opportunities at the things you can accomplish through Bumpers College. It is up to you to get all of them that you can. My father has always told me it is better to do something than regret not doing it. I encourage each of you to get involved in as many things as you can. Don’t wait for the opportunities to be handed to you, go get them yourself.  

About Caleb

Brinkley, AR

Agricultural Business

Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness