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Mid-America Horticulture Society Convenes at UWRF

By Melissa Klein
UWRF University Communications

NOV. 26, 2007--The 35th Annual Mid-America Horticulture Society Convention was held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Some 72 attendees represented 12 schools from across the Midwest. The conference included tours of local industries, speakers from the industry, a reception and dance, along with the plant judging competition.

Jessica Pries, a horticulture major from Eyota, Minn., placed third in the judging contest. Pries explained the contest helps participants develop a critical eye. "I am very excited for this award," said Pries. "It tells me that I have a well-trained critical eye and excel at distinguishing what is quality and what is not."

In addition to the contest new MACHS officers were elected. Walter Taylor, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education from Cleveland, Wis., was elected as the communication officer. Outgoing chairperson was Amanda Reckner, a junior horticulure major from West Bend, Wis.

Pries explained that it was nice to have the chance to network with other horticulture society members and to meet new people in the industry from around the Midwest. Members gained insight on what activities societies were involved with.

The 2007 MACHS Planning Committee consisted of Terry Ferris, professor of plant and earth Science; Susan Weigrefe, professor of plant and earth science; Amanda Reckner, Katherine Branch, a senior horticulture major from Eau Galle, Wis.; Melissa Fischer, a junior horticulture major from River Falls; Teela Fields, a junior horticulture major from Holcombe, Wis.; Alyssa Janilla, a junior horiticulture major from Stillwater, Minn.; Walter Taylor, Shelly Wollerman, a senior horticulture major from Fond du Lac, Wis.; Brandon Lowry, a junior horticulture major from River Falls; and Brandi Werstovshek, a senior horticulture major from Loyal, Wis.; as well as other UWRF Horticulture Society members.

The schools represented at the conference were the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Minnesota-Crookston, University of Illinois, Iowa State University, Colorado State University, Missouri State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University and South Dakota State University.

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