Agriculture students give seminars

Fort Hays State University senior agriculture students will give seminars for a seminar class at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mondays from Nov. 3-Nov. 17, in Albertson Hall, room 235. The public is invited.

"The purpose of the class is to learn how to research, organize and give a formal presentation on a topic in their field," said Dr. Brittany Howell, associate professor of agriculture.   

Other requirements for the course include critiquing the other student presentations, writing abstracts and practice acting as a chairperson to another student presenting a seminar. Students are also required to do activities to help them prepare for graduation, such as taking part in Mock Interviews at the Career Fair.

"Seminar is a great class," said Scott Schmidt, Larned senior. "It offers students an opportunity to give a professional presentation about their knowledge and the ability to reflect on themselves."

"Many students dread this class since it involves public speaking, but I find that 90 percent of the students do a very good job presenting their seminars. It is also fun to see the wide variety of agriculture topics on which they present. I get to learn considerably from them each semester with each presentation," said Howell.

Schedule of seminars:

Nov. 3: 3:30, Drew Buettner, Kearney, Neb., "Management and Development of Beef Replacement Heifers"; 4:30, Nick Noterman, Niwot, Colo., "What is TH?"

Nov. 10: 3:30, Aubrea Winter, Kanorado, "Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome -- a Devastating Disease"; 4:30, Drew Hubbell, Spearville, "Subsurface Drip Irrigation."

Nov. 17: 3:30, Brett Jennison, Healy, "Controlling Weeds: Techniques for Grain Sorghum"; 4:30, Josh Sharon, Fowler, Colo., "Turf Management: What It Is and Why Do It?"

Past seminars were:

Heath Klein, Atwood, "Feed Efficiency in Cattle"; 4:30, Scott Schmidt, Larned, "Steam Flaked Corn 'They're Great!'"

Warren Fobes, Pratt, "Corn Rootworm"; 4:30, Brandon Gariner, Hartman, Colo., "Cattle Health: Preconditioning Calves."

Mallory Saathoff, Naponee, Neb., "Alternative Energy: Wind and Solar"; 4:30, Justin Dallmann, Upland, Neb., "Harvesting Alfalfa in Morning or Evening?"

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