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UW-RF Soils Team Places in National Contest
APRIL 28, 2006--Four UW-RF students traveled to Macomb, Ill., to compete
in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture national soils
contest, held April 22 at Western Illinois University. Sixteen teams from
two- and four-year colleges competed. The UW-RF team placed sixth out
of eight four-year teams. The team placed first among other four-year
universities in a quiz bowl competition.
Members of the team included Derek Husmoen, an agricultural engineering
technology major from Blair, John Wachsmuth, a horticulture major from
Mishicot, Amy Sonnentag, a crop and soil science major from Cadott, and
Sarah Zavodny, a dairy science major from Boyceville. Team coaches included
Bill Anderson, professor of agronomy, Pam Weller, adjunct professor, and
recent UW-River Falls graduate Kevin Gray, from La Crosse.
Anderson was pleased with the team’s efforts. “I think team
members were disappointed that they didn’t place higher, but they
had the opportunity to see soils in a different state and learn a great
deal of practical information,” Anderson said. “I’m
really proud of their efforts, especially considering that each member
was only a college sophomore, while many of the their competitors were
juniors and seniors from other notable four year institutions.”
After arriving in Macomb, the team took first among other four-year universities
in the NACTA National Quiz Bowl. A panel of experts read questions that
included topics related to molecular biology, genetic engineering, micro
and macro economics, business theory, plant propagation, remote sensing
technology, crop production, soil fertility, soil edaphology and pedology,
applied economic law, fluid and hydrostatic power, reproductive physiology
and animal nutrition.
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