Creston, IA—Two 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 4-5, 2015, at Honey Creek Resort in Moravia.
SWCC came home from the event with third place team honors in the beef competition (photo above) and three students received individual honors. The beef team consisted of Dylan Lewis of Audubon, Jonathan Cox of Bedford, and Craig Sackett of Menlo. Individually, Lewis placed sixth, Sackett place seventh, and Cox placed ninth overall.
The college also had a team place fourth in the overall species (focused on beef, swine, and sheep) competition. Members of the species team included Kelsey Knigge of Verdigre, NE, Justin Brant of Glidden, and Zack Peppmeier of Shannon City (team photo below).
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. College instructors bring their finest students to compete at PAS competitions.
SWCC offers two-year agricultural program options including agricultural business, crop production, and livestock production, as well as the ag transfer program for students planning to continue at four-year colleges or universities.
Erika Blair, SWCC ag instructor/farm manager, accompanied the students to the competition.