Agricultural Science


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  • Why Study Agriculture?
  • Careers
  • Livestock Judging Team
  • Why Should You Earn a Degree in Agriculture?

    Enrolling in one of LBCC's agricultural related degree programs will expose students to a dynamic faculty team in Agricultural Sciences that is passionate and comes with a wealth of practical knowledge. Additionally, an extensive course offering, modest class sizes, and opportunities on our co-curricular teams will position students to be successful at LBCC and beyond.

    Program graduates have been placed at numerous universities including Oregon State University, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State University, Chico State, Fresno State, and Texas Tech University.

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

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  • Linn-Benton Community College's Livestock Judging Team

    Competitive livestock judging is a co-curricular activity that is an integral part of the Animal Science program at LBCC. Students do not need to be an agriculture major or have any prior judging experience to participate. Beyond learning and applying current selection criteria, students also learn important communication, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. These traits are beneficial in any career path a student may choose.

    The opportunity to travel, make industry contacts, and be on the leading edge of change make judging not only a valuable resource, but an enjoyable experience as well. Numerous employers and university faculty consider the judging team experience just as important as the courses a student completes.

    LBCC is very proud of the success enjoyed by its judging team members, both in competition and in life. The 2009 team were champions at the North American event. In addition, 5 former Judging Team members have been selected as LBCC Outstanding Alumni.

    For more information, contact Clay Weber at or Rick Klampe at

    In recent years, teams have competed at the following contests:

    Nationally Recognized Events

    • Arizona National - Phoenix, AZ
    • National Western - Denver, CO
    • San Antonio Stock Show - San Antonio, TX
    • American Royal - Kansas City, MO
    • North American - Louisville, KY

    Local and Non-eligibility Events

    • AK SAR BEN - Omaha, NE
    • The Cattle Contest - Chico, CA
    • Flint Hills Classic - Manhatten, KS
    • NACTA - Rotates Location
    • NJSA - Turlock, CA
    • Western Fall Classic - Medford, OR

    Click here to donate to the Livestock Judging Team


Rick is a native Oregonian that is a graduate of the LBCC Animal Science program and received his BS and MS from Fresno State University. He started teaching at LBCC in 1988 and also serves as a coach of the livestock judging team. In his spare time, Rick enjoys going to sporting events and raising nationally competitive Polled Dorset breeding sheep.
Rick Klampe
Jenny is an Oregon native who grew up riding horses on the West Coast Hunter/Jumper Circuit. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and a Master's Degree from Oregon State University. Jenny is the Faculty Advisor for the LBCC Equestrian Team, and is also the Academic Advisor for the Horse Management, Equine Science, and Pre-Veterinary Science degrees. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys skiing, hiking and mountain biking with her two boys, and of course, riding horses.
Jenny Strooband
Clay moved to Oregon from central California in the fall of 2001 when he started at LBCC. Following high school he attended Modesto Junior College and then transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree. After his time in Oklahoma, he moved back to the west coast and earned his Master's from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then worked in the feed manufacturing industry for three years. Besides teaching a variety of classes in Agricultural Sciences, Clay is currently the Chair of the department and serves as a coach for the LBCC Livestock Judging Team. Clay enjoys spending time with his wife Dena, watching his boys, Cole and Cade play ball, and raising competitive show lambs.
Clay Weber