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U of M, Crookston to Host High School Students for Annual Ag Activities Day on Friday, December 7, 2007
November 15, 2007

Contact: Amy Lubarski, executive admin and office specialist, 218-281- 8101 (lubarski@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu), Kathryn Webster, University Relations assistant, 218-281-8432 (webst183@umn.


CROOKSTON, Minn. (November 15, 2007) – The annual Ag Activities Day competition, held for more than 25 years, brings some 1300 area students from 50 high schools to the University of Minnesota, Crookston to compete for $32,000 in scholarship money. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. New this year at Ag Activities Day will be the Toyota “Can Hunger” Celebration. Toyota is challenging FFA chapters to donate canned goods and Toyota representatives will be on hand to honor the top 3 chapters with a special award.

Faculty in agriculture and natural resources oversee the more than 20 contests ranging from horticulture and forestry to ag mechanics, livestock and sales. “Ag Activities Day brings students from all over northwest Minnesota to our campus to compete,” Ron Del Vecchio, head of the Agriculture Department said. “We look forward to hosting every year. Students have the opportunity to match their skills against their peers and win scholarships. It is a great time for everyone, especially the students.”

An awards ceremony culminates the day. Scholarships, plaques and certificates are awarded to school teams and individuals for each contest. The top three individuals in each contest are awarded scholarships in the amount of $750, $600 and $450 respectively. The event is sponsored by the Crookston campus Agriculture and Natural Resources Departments.
 
If you would like more information regarding Ag Activities Day events, please contact Amy Lubarski at 218-281-8101 or visit http://academics.umcrookston.edu/agri.

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