U of A Soil Judging Team 16th in the country at the national competition


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The U of A soil evaluation team, made up of students from the Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences, has earned a place in the national competition for the 10th time in 12 years by winning the Region IV title in the fall.

The U-of-A soil judging team achieved a national top 20 finish in the National Soil Judging Contest hosted by Ohio State University in April.

Arkansas competed among the top 21 teams in the country, finishing 16th overall and seventh in the group-judged portion of the competition, held near Marysville, Ohio.

The team, which is made up of students from the Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Science, is supervised by Kris Brye, University Professor of Applied Soil Physics and Soil Science.

Team members are Katie Jansson, Lilly Stults, Lauren Gwaltney and Jonathan Brye.

“The team struggled with the weather and challenging terrain and landscape throughout the three days of practice,” said Brye. “In the end, I was very proud of the team’s collective achievement with their seventh place in the group-judging part of the competition. Bringing hardware home from a national competition was no easy task. I’m pretty sure the students will remember their week in Ohio for a long time.”

Arkansas secured a place in the national competition by winning the Region IV title at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas this fall.

Arkansas, which finished ahead of other regional members Oklahoma State University and Tarleton State University in the national competition, has earned a spot in the national competition 10 times in the past 12 years.

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College offers life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the fields of food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life. and will be the candidates of choice for employers looking for leaders, innovators, policymakers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, the former governor of Arkansas and longtime US Senator who put the state on the map in agriculture nationally and internationally. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As the flagship Arkansas institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy by imparting new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and workplace development, discovery through research and creative pursuits, while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few US colleges and universities with the highest research activity. US News & World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. See how the U of A works to create a better world at Arkansas Research News.


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