Ivy Tech Wabash Valley Agriculture students win honors at national competition

TERRE HAUTE – Ivy Tech Community College – Wabash Valley Region agriculture students competed in their first soil judging competition at the 2010 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference on April 15-17 at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma, placing in four areas of the Soil Judging contest. The Ivy Tech Wabash Valley team, which was comprised of Rachel Cope, Bryce Halbert, Catie Hartman, Justin McKain and Matt Trimble, came in third overall nationally among two-year colleges. Catie Hartman and Matt Trimble both earned high scores in individual soil competition. Catie Hartman also earned the third highest individual score overall.

NACTA’s Judging Conference is the largest agriculture competition in the United States attended annually by over 600 agriculture students from two and four-year colleges. Students can compete in Ag business management, computer applications, crops, dairy, horse judging, livestock, Quiz Bowl and soils. 

John Rosene, chair of Ivy Tech’s agriculture program, said: “I couldn’t be prouder of my students. They showed a great ability to apply their classroom knowledge to solving problems in the real world of soil judging. Despite this being their first competition, they handled themselves like veterans, outscoring seasoned competitors.” Justin McKain served as student-coach for the competition.

Ivy Tech Wabash Valley’s agriculture program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree with a concentration in Crop Production and an Associate of Science degree that prepares students to transfer into a bachelor degree program in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

NACTA is a professional society that was founded in 1955 to provide for all post-secondary teachers of agriculture a forum for discussion of questions and issues relating to the professional advancement of agricultural instruction and student success. It advances the scholarship of teaching and learning in agricultural, environmental, natural and life sciences by focusing on the personal and professional development of members through education and building relationships.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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