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Beltrami County 4-H’ers take top Science of Ag

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/2/2018) — A team of Beltrami County took home top honors in the fourth annual Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture competition.

The team of Theresa Gustafson, Lily Krona and Haley Mouser earned first place for their research into promoting understanding genetically modified organisms through youth education. The group was coached by Michelle Mouser. Each member received a $1,000 college scholarship.
Group of 4-H'ers holding check with Extension leaders
Extension Dean Bev Durgan and Dorothy Freeman,
associate dean for youth development, join winning team 

Science of Agriculture is a hands-on learning experience to inspire Minnesota youth. Teams of three to five participants in grades 6-12 work with volunteer coaches and mentors to identify agriculture-related issues in their communities and develop and share solutions.

Second place went to 4-H’ers from Le Sueur County with a project on improving nitrate testing and mitigation in local waters. Team members were Adam Pankow, Anna Prchal and Julianne Pankow; the youth were coached by Jodi Prchal. Third place went Mower County 4-H’ers for their project, focusing on building awareness of lamb as a source of meat. Team members were Hanna Hecimovich, Sara Hecimovich, Kaitlin Meiergerd, Megan Silbaugh and Ryan Van Pelt; they were coached by Jodi VanPelt.


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