Creston, IA—Three teams of students from Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) agricultural department represented the college at statewide competitions, during the Post-Secondary Ag Student Organization (PAS) Spring Conference, held February 6-7, 2014, at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.
SWCC came home from the event with team and individual honors in beef and swine competition after facing tough competitors from colleges across the state. College instructors bring their finest students to compete at PAS competition.
The SWCC swine team finished fifth in the state. The team consisted of Micheal Weinkoetz (pictured above, right), sophomore, of Afton; Ben Friederichs, freshman, of Durant; and Ben Ostendorf, sophomore, of Madrid. In addition, Weinkoetz placed eighth and Friederichs placed ninth overall in individual competition.
SWCC beef team 1 finished sixth in the state, missing the top five by 0.3 points. Team members included Abby Shaw (pictured above, left), sophomore, of Murray; Nate Ketelson, sophomore, of Denison; and David Thompson, sophomore, of Afton. One component of the beef team competition was the individual test, in which Shaw took third place, after a tie-breaker for second place. Ketelson placed 10th on the exam. Shaw placed 12th overall individually as well.
SWCC beef team 2 finished 13th overall. This team consisted of Justin Brant, freshman, of Glidden; Brad Cooper, sophomore, from Greenfield; and Zach Welch, freshman, of Afton.
PAS is a national student organization associated with agriculture/agribusiness and natural resources offerings in approved postsecondary institutions offering associate degrees or vocational diplomas and/or certificates.
SWCC offers two-year ag program options including agricultural business, crop production, and livestock production, as well as the ag transfer program for students planning to continue at a four-year college or university. Contact Erika Blair, SWCC ag instructor/farm manager, for more information at 641.782.1352.