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Agronomy and Horticulture Clubs Awarded in Judging Competitions

The NDSU Agronomy Club and Horticulture and Forestry Club won team and individual awards at regional and national North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Competitions this spring.

May 4, 2016

The NDSU Agronomy Club and Horticulture and Forestry Club won team and individual awards at regional and national North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Competitions this spring.

The Agronomy Club placed third in the NACTA Regional Crop Judging Contest held March 25 at Kansas State University. They moved on to compete at the national contest in April at Crookston, MN, where they placed fourth. Team members in both contests were Kyle Aasand, Jodi Boe, Brandon Breckheimer, Bethany Christensen, Andy Haugen, and Justin Zahradka.  Boe also placed fifth individual overall.

Other Agronomy Club students also competing in the National NACTA Crop Judging Contest were Bethany Erickson, Megan Jones, Taylor Kemper, Nolan Rockstad, and Elizabeth Rongen.

The Horticulture and Forestry Club team also competed at the National NACTA Judging Conference for the first time and took second place overall in the Horticulture Contest. Team members were Anne Gatzke, Connor Hagemeyer, Torie Jones, Nick Rajtar, and Andrew Scheldorf.

In addition, Hagemeyer and Scheldorf each took home two individual awards. Hagemeyer placed second overall, and first in the tool and equipment competition. Scheldorf placed third overall and first in the general knowledge test.

The Agronomy Club is advised by Dr. Kirk Howatt, and the Horticulture and Forestry Club is advised by Drs. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti and Todd West.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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