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Spotlight on Youth for Aug. 9, 2006
Nicodemus named 2006 Indiana Dairy Princess
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The American Dairy Association named Amanda Nicodemus as the 2006 Indiana Dairy Princess during a luncheon sponsored by the American Dairy Association.

Nicodemus, 19, is the daughter of William and Patricia Nicodemus, Columbia City, Ind. She represented the Indiana Holstein Association.

Contestants in the Dairy Princess Scholarship Program represent various dairy organizations. Following a personal interview, Nicodemus spoke about today’s dairy promotion practices with a focus on the importance of getting three servings of dairy a day. She also answered an extemporaneous question that dealt with dairy farmers’ dedication to providing safe, high-quality milk and dairy products.

Nocodemus will represent the dairy industry during the 2006 Indiana State Fair and will make personal appearances on behalf of the industry for the coming year.

MSU students earn silver in international dairy competition
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University (MSU) agriculture students won a silver placing in the fifth annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC). The competition, held this spring in Twin Falls, Idaho, involved 26 teams from the United States and one team from Canada.

The MSU team consisted of Jennifer Ackerman, Vassar senior in animal science; Garrett Landel, Waldron senior in agricultural business management; Megan Pickler, Mount Pleasant junior in agricultural business management; and Mary TenBrink, Coopersville sophomore in animal science. Joe Domecq, academic and Extension specialist in dairy management, coached the team. The NAIDC is a two-day competition for students representing dairy science programs at North American universities. It enables students to work as a team to apply theory and learning to a real-world dairy.

This farm news was published in the August 9, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.