Rob Frutchey
AG TEACHER: Rob Frutchey, an instructor at the ISU Ag 450 Farm located south of the Ames campus, received a fellowship, which will provide funding to help the Ag 450 course better serve students.

ISU names Frevert Ag 450 endowed fellow

Student-managed Ag 450 farm helps students learn the practical side of agriculture.

Rob Frutchey, an Iowa State University agricultural education and studies lecturer, has been named the James and Clare Frevert Ag 450 Fellow for 2017.

The fellowship provides support to the Iowa State Ag 450 Farm, which is the only student managed farm at a land-grant university in the United States. The farm has been in operation nearly 75 years. The related Ag 450 Farm Operations and Management course serves as the capstone course for agricultural studies majors.

The fellowship will allow Frutchey to fund a graduate student who can help with farm and class activities during the spring, summer and fall sessions so students have a year-round agricultural experience.

Students benefit from year-round classes
“It benefits our students by continuing to have a summer session at the Ag 450 Farm, providing an extra hand and helping a graduate student gain teaching and research experience at the farm,” Frutchey says. “The Frevert Fellowship not only allows us to focus on the educational mission of the Ag 450 Farm and course, but also maintain a self-sufficient and sustainable operation that reflects a typical Iowa farm.”

Frutchey received his bachelor’s degree in ag studies in 2015 and a master’s in ag education in 2016 from ISU. His areas of expertise include ag mechanics and ag education.

Jim Frevert joined Hertz Farm Management Inc. in 1964 after receiving his bachelor's degree from ISU in farm operations in 1960. He helped build the business' reputation as a personalized, hands-on service of dedicated professionals. He was president of Hertz from 1988 to 2000 and retired in 2003. The Freverts live in Nevada in central Iowa.

New state champions in 4-H meat judging competition
In other news this week, the university announced that the ISU Meat Lab hosted six teams competing in the state 4-H meat judging contest Aug. 26. Participants identified 30 retail cuts and evaluated carcasses, wholesale and retail cuts. Senior contestants defended their placings on three of the classes and junior contestants answered questions about three of the placing classes.

The contest was officiated by meat judging coach Sherry Olsen, Iowa State meat science lecturer, and the 2017 ISU student meat judging team.

“Meat judging is a practical contest, teaching youth how to identify meat and choose the best cut based on quality, trimness and muscling,” says Amy Powell, animal science STEM specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “It also teaches decision making, critical thinking and public speaking skills.”

Junior Division winners
• High Individual in Placings – Will Hoopes, Louisa County
• High Individual in Questions – Leo Sells, O’Brien County
• High Individual in Retail ID and Overall – Grant Wagner, O’Brien County
• First-place team – O’Brien County (Grant Wagner, Dain Moermond, Dante Johnson)

Senior Division winners
• High Individual in Placings – Dawson Weathers, O’Brien County
• High Individual in Reasons, Retail ID and Overall – Emily Mars, O’Brien County
• First-place team – O’Brien County (Emily Mars, Dawson Weathers, Paige Ginger, Erin Wagner)

The first-place senior team will represent Iowa at the National 4-H Contest held during the American Royal in Kansas City in October. The ISU Meat Lab and Joe Cordray, professor of animal science at Iowa State, sponsored the contest.

Source: Iowa State University

 

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