KENTLAND, IN (April 15, 2015) – The Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) Crops Judging Team has placed second in the national North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contest held in Moline, Illinois. AgVenture of Nebraska Seed Partners (AVN) has offered their congratulations to the team which includes Willem Pretorius, a senior at OPSU majoring in Agronomy. Pretorius is the nephew of Nick Vos, the AgVenture Regional Distribution Partner based at Hugoton, Kansas.
AVN’s Glen Long said, “We are very proud of this team’s accomplishments. Their dedication to improving and increasing their agronomic knowledge has paid off as is acknowledged in their second place ranking in very tough competition. The team competed against large universities with greater resources, and more students in the crops academic area.”
Long noted, “We’re especially proud that one of the team members is part of our AgVenture family. Willem Pretorius is a very sharp young man with a strong passion for putting science, seed and service to good work in the field.” Willem plans to join the company full time to train as an AgVenture Yield Specialist upon graduating from college in December.
The crop judging competition is an intensive classroom and extracurricular endeavor designed around the objectives for the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program which is administered by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). Contestants compete in four areas: an agronomic quiz, a math practical, a lab practical, and a plant and seed identification test.
Pretorius said, “We worked very hard and stayed focused. This is the highest placing our Crops Judging team has ever achieved. We are very proud to represent our school. We also look forward to putting all we have learned to work in our future as seed and agronomy professionals.”
AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.