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Senior Brandin Solie Wins Crops Sweepstakes During 35th Annual Ag Arama at the U of M Crookston

By ltollefs on
Friday, February 5, 2010

Nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community residents attended the 35th Solie.jpgAnnual Ag Arama on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Several contests are held and a variety of awards are given out to honor both current and graduated students. Ag Arama is planned and operated by a committee of students advised by faculty members.

Included in the variety of contests held are contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources that highlight Ag Arama weekend. These contests serve as an opportunity for students in agriculture and natural resources degree programs to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members.

Brandin Solie, a senior from Fertile, Minn., was Crops Sweepstakes winner for the day. Solie had the most combined points from both the Agronomy Practicum contest as well as the Crop Show contest. The Agronomy Practicum presents contestants with problems to solve that they might face as a farm manager, such as problems with the application of herbicides, fertilizer, and insecticides. They were also asked to identify seedling crops and seeds, and to answer other questions relating to agronomic practice. The Crops Show tested contestants in their ability to judge seeds based on a number of factors, including plumpness, seed color, bushel weight, and the absence of foreign material.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit