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Spotlight on Youth for April 26, 2006
MSU students dominate judging contest
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Four Michigan State University (MSU) animal science students combined their diverse areas of expertise to win first place overall in the Midwest Regional Academic Quadrathalon (AQ). The students competed against 16 teams during the Midwest Regional American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) meetings in Des Moines, Iowa, March 20-22.

Team members Beth Blauwiekel, Fowler; Kristen Etchebarne, Modesto, Calif.; Virginia Riggs, Holt; and Stephanie Willmarth, Wexford, Pa., placed first in quiz bowl, first in laboratory practical, second in formal presentation and fourth in the written exam.

“Each student brought so much to the team,” said Dale Rozeboom, MSU associate professor of animal science and AQ co-adviser. “Eight species are given equal importance in the competition, so you have to have knowledge across species.”

The winning team first competed against other MSU students during a local competition in February.

The win qualified the team to compete in a national event during the American Cattlemen’s Association meeting in January 2007 in Colorado, Rozeboom said. Along with co-adviser and MSU professor Mike Orth, Rozeboom said plans are being formed but will depend on community support.

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Ft. Recovery FFA Tractor Troubleshooting Team competes
FT. RECOVERY, Ohio — The Ft. Recovery FFA Tractor Troubleshooting Team recently placed third out of 16 teams in the District Tractor Troubleshooting contest held in Piqua at Upper Valley JVS. Team members were Greg Brackman and Lee Stammen.

Brackman and Stammen had to troubleshoot and repair five tractors with two problems per tractor. Tractors that they repaired included the following: a Massey Ferguson 6480, a John Deere 790, a DX 26, a Farmall 140 Gas, and a John Deere 2440.

This farm news was published in the April 26, 2006 issue of Farm World.