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The UW-River Falls will be hosting the 49th annual Agricultural Technology Contest on Saturday, March 28. On this day 1173 middle and high school students representing 72 schools from both Minnesota and Wisconsin will be competing in 19 different contests.

One of the highlights of this year's event is the 30th Annual Crop Show. Dr. Steve Carlson, professor of crop science and Dr. Dennis Cosgrove, professor of crop science, along with the students in the grain crops and forage production class assist with the event. The crop show was initiated in 1979 by Carlson who wanted to provide his spring classes with an opportunity to judge and determine quality crops.

"It is an excellent chance for UWRF students to gain hands-on experience, but for the younger students to see how their crops rank in the state," said Carlson.

Winfield Solutions and Land-O-Lakes are sponsoring 30th annual commemorative t-shirts and caps. Since the beginning of the contest sponsors have provided major support. According to Carlson, Vern Palmberg of Northrup King has served as a sponsor every year since the inception of the contest. In recent years, Pioneer Hybrid Seed Company has provided support for ribbons and trophies.

"Crops from all over our state come in and our students pursuing a crop science major are delighted to determine crop placings in the contest," said Carlson. "It's been rewarding in my career to see the quality and quantity of crop entrees increase. Wisconsin can be proud of what it produces."

The Agricultural Technology Contest encompasses contests focusing on agricultural communications,agricultural mechanics, agronomy, dairy cattle evaluation, farm business management, floriculture, food science and technology, forestry, horse evaluation, livestock evaluation, meats, nursery/landscape, small animals, soils and wildlife.

This year, UW-RF is serving as the Wisconsin FFA state contests for agricultural communications, food science and technology, and meats. The first-place teams will advance to compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. this October.