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Horticulture Students Earn Top Honors at Regional Competition

The North Dakota State University Horticulture and Forestry Club was the first place team overall for the third year in a row and two students earned individual honors at the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society meeting and competition held at Colorado State University September 27-29.

October 22, 2018

Eight members of the North Dakota State University Horticulture and Forestry Club attended the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) annual meeting and competition hosted by Colorado State University September 27-29, 2018. Club members Cameron Dahnke, Kevin Friedt, Jason Gilbraith, Connor Hagemeyer, Torie Jones, Garrett Schumacher, Wyatt Schumacher, and Klarissa Walvatne represented NDSU as they competed in team and individual events.

The competition consisted of four areas: general knowledge, herbaceous plant identification, woody plant identification, and fruit, vegetable and plant judging.

The NDSU team placed first overall for the third year in a row, topping teams from Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University of Minnesota-Crookston, and South Dakota State University. Members of the team were Gilbraith, a horticulture production management major and business entrepreneurship minor from Fargo, ND; Hagemeyer, a senior horticulture science major from Clara City, MN; Jones, a senior horticulture, public history and history major from Fessenden, ND; and Garrett Schumacher, a senior horticulture production management major and business management minor from Heron Lake, MN.

Hagemeyer and Jones also placed individually. Hagemeyer received first place individual, first place in woody plant identification, first place in general knowledge, and second place in herbaceous plant identification. Jones received third place in fruit, vegetable and plant judging and third place in woody plant identification.

Competing in individual events were Dahnke, a freshman horticulture landscape management major student from St. Cloud, MN; Friedt, a freshman horticulture landscape management major and business administration minor from Harvey, ND; Wyatt Schumacher, a freshman horticulture student from Heron Lake, MN; and Walvatne, a junior agricultural economics and international studies student from Battle Lake, MN.

Following the competition, industry representatives presented talks on green roofs, heirloom apple cultivars, and plant collection expeditions for the Denver Botanical Gardens. Attendees also toured the Denver Botanical Gardens and the Northern Water Conservancy.

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

Source: Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, 701-231-8536,
Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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