The North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Agriculture Program students had the opportunity to attend the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Judging Conference in Modesto, California from April 12-15, 2023. While there, the students competed in various competitions, such as Livestock Management, Livestock Judging, Equine Management, Soils, and more.
The NDSCS Agriculture students worked hard to prepare for the competitions, and their efforts paid off as they earned multiple individual and team awards. The students won Second Place, 2-year division in the Knowledge Bowl, Third Place, 2-year division in Crops Team, and Third Place, 2-year division in Ag Mechanics. Andrew Sip was named Third High Individual in the Ag Mechanics Contest, 2-year division.
During the trip, the students also had the chance to enjoy hands-on experiences and explore opportunities in agriculture. They toured Burroughs Family Farms, an organic almond, walnut, olive, and sheep farm that utilizes regenerative practices to restore land and soil health.
By sending teams to competitions like the NACTA Judging Conference, the Agriculture program provides students with an invaluable educational experience. “Trips like this allow students a unique opportunity to learn about Agriculture in different regions of the United States and test their knowledge in the areas they are studying. More importantly, they have the opportunity to expand their professional network.”, noted Craig Zimprich, Agriculture Associate Professor and Department Chair.
The NDSCS students who participated in the competitions included:
- Andy Sip, Farm Management, Ada, Minn.
- Cody Morrison, Farm Management, Hunter, N.D.
- Grace Dinius, Agronomy & Ag Business, New England, N.D.
- Carston Hamre, Ag Business, Audubon, Minn.
- Katrina Quick, Farm Management & Agronomy, Borup, Minn.
- Rose Wendell, Liberal Arts – Agriculture emphasis, Lamoure, N.D.
- Eli Sorum, Animal Science & Precision Ag, Fergus Falls, Minn.
- Will Steffes, Farm Management, Arthur, N.D.
- Hunter Albert, Precision Agriculture Technician, Barnesville, Minn.
- Gavin Mautz, Ranch Management, Garrison, N.D.
The NDSCS Agriculture Program provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge in the areas of Ag Business, Animal Science, Farm Management, Ranch Management, Precision Agronomy, and Precision Agriculture Technician. It is a hands-on program area that emphasizes practical learning experiences through lab and field activities, internships, and cooperative education experiences. Students also benefit from the college’s close working relationships with regional and national agricultural businesses, organizations, and state and federal agencies.
For more information about the NDSCS Agriculture program, visit NDSCS.edu/Ag.
Article written by NDSCS and submitted to external news outlets.