U of M Crookston NACTA Team Wins Sweepstakes at 2014 Judging Conference

For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota Crookston team competing at the 
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annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) brought home the sweepstakes in the four-year college division. 
The win included a number of first place finishes.

Individuals finishing first included Eric Derosier, a senior from Red Lake Falls, Minn., majoring in agricultural business finished first in the contests in ag business, ag communications, and ag computers; Emily Goff, a senior majoring in equine science from Danvers, Minn., finished first in the livestock management contest; Justin Goodroad, a senior from Lindstrom, Minn., majoring in 
horticulture finished first in the contest in horticulture; Sarah Morris, a senior majoring in 
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animal science from Ramsey, Minn., finished first in the contest in meats; Travis Duresky, a senior majoring in ag systems management finished first in the ag mechanics contest; and Emily Campbell, a junior majoring in animal science from Aitkin, Minn., finished first in the dairy contest. 

The teams in horticulture, dairy, livestock management, ag mechanics, and ag computers finished in first place.

Members of the teams competing at NACTA were

First NameLast NameTeamYearMajor
Cassie AdamsLivestock managementjuniorAnimal Science
JoeBlaufussAg Communications; SoilsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
EmilyCampbellDairy; Livestock JudgingjuniorAnimal Science
CedricCitrowskeMeats; Quiz BowljuniorAgricultural Systems Management and Agricultural Business
AndrewClarkCrops; Quiz Bowl seniorAgronomy
Eric DerosierAg Business; Ag Communications; Ag ComputersseniorAgricultural Business
Travis DureskyAg MechanicsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
Ben GenereuxCrops seniorAgronomy
EmilyGoffLivestock Judging; Livestock ManagementseniorEquine Science
JustinGoodroadDairy; HorticultureseniorHorticulture
MatsonGravelleSoilsseniorGolf and Turf Management
Ashley HoffmanAg Computers; CropsseniorAgronomy and Agricultural Business
TiffanyHulinskyAg Business; Dairy; Horticulture; Quiz BowlseniorAgricultural Business
JeremyLoveAg MechanicsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
MitziMarlinAg Business; Ag Communications; Livestock JudgingseniorAgricultural Business
Sarah MorrisDairy; MeatsseniorAnimal Science
JaredNowackiLivestock Judging; Livestock ManagementseniorAgricultural Business
Brian OachsAg BusinessseniorAgricultural Business and Agronomy
DylanPrattMeats; Livestock JudgingjuniorAnimal Science
Ashley RadkeHorticulturejuniorHorticulture
DustinSmithCrops seniorAgricultural Business and Agronomy
JohnSorensonQuiz bowljuniorAgricultural Systems Management
GregSparbyAg Communications; Ag MechanicsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
Cody ThompsonSoilsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
BenTinkhamAg MechanicsseniorAgricultural Systems Mangement
KurtisWackerSoilsseniorGolf and Turf Management
HaleyWeleskiAg Computers; MeatsseniorCommunication
Reno WilliamsAg Computers; Livestock ManagementjuniorAgricultural Systems Management

The judging conference was held at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., April 10-12, 2014. Students began preparing for the contests in November and are allowed to compete only one time per contest with the exception of soils which allows a student to compete twice. The contests are hands-on and the judging contests, like those in crops, dairy, and livestock, require the student to both rank and provide reasons for their decisions. The NACTA Team raises its own funding in order to participate in the competition.

NACTA is dedicated to advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in the agricultural, environmental, natural, and life sciences. NACTA competitions have been held since 1957 and involve knowledge and skills contests covering various agricultural topics. The competition is rigorous, including college and university students from all across the nation. To learn more, visit www.nactateachers.org.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, at right: The 2014 NACTA team with their awards and the team's sweepstakes trophy.

In the photo, at left: back row: Dylan Pratt, Cody Thompson, Brian Oachs, Andrew Clark, Justin Goodroad, Emily Goff. Middle row: Dustin Smith, Ashley Hoffman, Jared Nowacki, Ben Genereux, Eric Derosier, Emily Campbell.  Front row: Mitzi Marlin, Haley Weleski, Cassie Jo Adams, Sarah Morris, Ashley Radke withAssociate Professor Margot Rudstrom. 

Contact: Margot Rudstrom, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8138 (rudstrmv@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)