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CAFES Student Receives Student of the Year Honors

MAY 21, 2008--University of Wisconsin-River Falls student Derek Husmoen received the 2007-2008 Student of the Year award in Agricultural Technology for the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) presents this prestigious annual award to a student within the Wisconsin Section, which includes UWRF, UW-Platteville, and UW-Madison.

Husmoen, a senior from Arcadia, Wis., and who is majoring in agricultural engineering technology, added this award to his already outstanding list of agricultural and university accomplishments.

Husmoen is the Noble Ruler of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, a member of Alpha Zeta, the honorary agricultural fraternity, and is on the CAFES Student Advisory Council at UWRF. He is also a UWRF McNair Scholar.

Husmoen is currently serving his second year as president of the Crops and Soils Club. On campus, he serves as a UWRF tour guide and was named the 2007 Greek Man of the Year.

He said he is dedicated to the continued study of agriculture, as evident in his undergraduate research at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul during the summer 2007. During this time, he worked with the department of bioproducts and biosystems engineering, studying the effects of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions from mixtures of dairy manure with different types of soil.

Husmoen helped UWRF place third in the 2005 National Soils Judging Contest, with an 11th place individual finish. He also helped the team place sixth nationally in the spring 2006.

Husmoen will be graduating in December 2008 and plans on pursuing a master's degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering.


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