Dustin Wiese of Pequot Lakes was among students from the University of Minnesota-Crookston who won sweepstakes in the four-year college division at the annual National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference in early April in Texas.
The NACTA team’s win included a number of first-place finishes.
Twenty-nine students attended the competition at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas, ready to compete in 11 contests in ag business, ag communication, ag computers, crops, dairy judging, horse judging, meat judging, knowledge bowl, livestock judging, livestock management and soils.
Wiese was part of the Meat Judging Team that took first place. He also placed second as an individual.
Wiese is a senior animal science major.
Students began preparing for the contests in November, and they are allowed to compete only one time per contest, with the exception of soils, which allows a student to compete twice. The contests are hands-on and the judging contests, like those in crops, dairy and livestock, require the student to both rank and provide reasons for their decisions.
As part of the trip, students visited Bayer FiberMax, a cotton and genetics research facility; a custom feedlot operation; the National Ranching Heritage Center; and toured of a local vineyard and winery.