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The National Fraternity of Alpha Gamma Rho became a reality on April 4, 1908, when two local fraternities combined. Alpha Gamma Rho founded at The Ohio State University on October 10, 1904, and Delta Rho Sigma founded at the University of Illinois on February 6, 1906.

These two groups are responsible for forming a Fraternity that has grown far beyond what was expected. As Brother Poston (charter member from Ohio State) stated, “From the start, it was our ambition that the name Alpha Gamma Rho in every agricultural college would stand for all that is honorable and just.” Our Fraternity has elevated the social, physical, spiritual, academic and professional status of thousands of young men.

The four pillars of Alpha Gamma Rho are: recruitment, commitment, education and recognition. These four pillars, built upon a firm foundation, support and maintain the integrity of our brotherhood. One of AGR’s earliest Grand President’s, S.K. Bjoronson (North Dakota) said, “I want her men to be leaders of the future, not because they are my Fraternity Brothers, but because I believe them to be the strongest of character and the most honorable and resolute of the times. I want each of them, by their deeds and actions, to justify the existence of Alpha Gamma Rho.” The Brotherhood Covenant pillars make up the principles that Alpha Gamma Rho brothers are expected to live by. Once initiated, each member is required to sign the “Covenant,” which can be accessed here.


  • Consistently perform as a professional, integrity-driven, world class organization committed to the highest of standards
    and driven to recruit men of the highest potential
  • Always present a positive image of Alpha Gamma Rho in everything we say or do
  • Inspire a pursuit of academic excellence among all our members
  • Encourage lifelong involvement in the colleges and universities we call home
  • Foster lifelong personal development through innovative educational, leadership, and social opportunities
  • Engage all brothers in professional development, promoting lifelong career success
  • Attract members representing the breadth, sophistication, scope, and relevance of agriculture
  • Reflect, value, and advocate diversity in our membership and professional lives
  • Ensure sound financial management and responsibility individually and at all levels of the Fraternity
  • Enthusiastically recognize and reward accomplishments consistent with our Promise and Values
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