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Horticulture and Forestry Club Wins First Place at Regional Competition

The Horticulture and Forestry Club from North Dakota State University won First Place Team Overall and two students placed in individual events at the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society conference and competition held at the University of Minnesota-Crookston on September 29-30.
 
 

October 17, 2017

The Horticulture and Forestry Club from North Dakota State University won First Place Team Overall at the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society (MACHS) conference and competition hosted by the University of Minnesota-Crookston on September 29-30. Two students also placed in individual events.

The first place team consisted of Anne Gatzke, a senior agricultural and biosystems engineering and horticulture double major from Elk River, MN; Connor Hagemeyer, a junior horticulture major from Clara City, MN; Torie Jones, a senior horticulture and public history double major from Bowdon, ND; and Andrew Scheldorf, a senior horticulture major from Chokio, MN.

Hagemeyer took first place in woody plant identification, second place in herbaceous plant identification, and third place in commodity judging and the general knowledge exam. Moreover, he won First Place Individual Overall.

Scheldorf placed second in the general knowledge exam.

Additional club members who competed were Halley Bartlett, a sophomore landscape architecture major from Kenmare, ND; and Garrett Schumacher, a sophomore horticulture major from Heron Lake, MN.

In addition to the competition, the conference agenda included speakers from BFG Supply Company and Bailey Nurseries, as well as a prairie specialist, who talked about medicinal uses for prairie plants. Attendees also toured Itasca State Park, Forestedge Winery, and U of M Deep Winter Greenhouse.

The Horticulture and Forestry Club is advised by Department of Plant Sciences faculty Harlene Hatterman-Valenti and Todd West.

The Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society is comprised of horticulture clubs from universities and two-year colleges in Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Each fall, the MACHS conference is held at a different host school, bringing together some of the best and brightest horticultural programs in the nation.

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

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