The 53rd Annual Ag Technology Contest was held last Saturday, April 6th! CAFES welcomed more than 1,000 high school and middle school students from 69 schools across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Students competed in 16 team events, a crop show, and power tool drag race.
In honor of this event, enjoy these photos from the 1979 Ag Tech Contest, depicting high school and middle school students with faculty members Phil George, Charlie Jones, Jerry Nolte, and Bob Tomesh. Also take a look at photos from the 2013 Ag Tech Contest.
Gerhardt (Doc) Bohn, professor in Agricultural Engineering Technology, is shown here with two students. Nearest to Bohn is Mark Kimball, 1972. Kimball served as a technician in the Plant and Earth Science department and then as a UWRF safety officer until his retirement. Can you identify the other student on the far left?
The campus is just the right size. Not too big, not too small. I immediately felt at home with CAFES and UWRF.
– Chad Glaze 1997
UWRF has a small town atmosphere, yet is close enough to the Twin Cities to be involved in big city life.
– Ann Prescott (Schmitz) 1999
River Falls and its homey, college town atmosphere has come a long way since this photo was taken of Main Street in 1870! This was before UWRF even existed (the college was founded in 1874)! What are those numbers? Click for the list of building names that correspond to the numbers in the photo.
(photo accredited to the Area Research Center & University Archives Main Street USA Downtown River Falls Online Exhibit)
When I started college (1952), I owned the family bull and had no cash. My parents didn’t have any way to help either. The Dean of Men helped me get by the first year. He found me many jobs… replacing windows, working with the city surveyor, washing cars, washing dishes, etc. My main job was working at Jenson Dairy and then had classes til 10am to noon. Yes, my freshman year wasn’t easy and I was thankful to get C’s and B’s.
Class of 1956
P.S. Proud to be a UWRF grad.
UW-River Falls is small enough to care about the individual, but big enough to attract good teachers like Goerke and Mahanna — they were passionate about what they taught and knew how to have fun doing it.
Principles of Nutrition is the course that changed by career path and led me to work at Land O’Lakes Purina Animal Nutrition, and Advanced Dairy Management is the course that led me back to the farm.
– Jenni Skiba (Drinkall) 2003
Another flashback from the past – here’s Pam Jahnke from her days at UWRF where she started the first ever Farm Show on WRFW, the campus radio station. Pam, aka the Fabulous Farm Babe, is the Farm Director for WI Farm Report Radio and her agribusiness updates are carried daily on stations across the state. See more about Pam here.
My UWRF education prepared me well for the career I am currently in today. My core business and agronomy classes provided me with a solid foundation in my field. However, CAFES prepared me for more than just my current job. They laid the ground work for my entire professional career. While I was a student in CAFES, I was exposed to many facets of agriculture, opportunities, and people who shared the same desire for agriculture as I did. It was through these experiences that I gained an awareness of what it meant to be an agriculture graduate, and of the endless opportunities open to me now and in the future.
– Ashley Gausman (Sollman) 2009
– Chad Glaze 1997