CSU, Chico

Chico Students Find Success At Agronomy Society Plant and Soil Conference

Chico Students Find Success At Agronomy Society Plant and Soil Conference

Two California State University, Chico students earned top honors at the Agronomy Society Plant and Soil conference in Visalia, California, Feb. 7­­–8, 2013. Luke Milliron won first place in the undergraduate category of the research poster contest, and Hannah Ramey placed second in the scholarship essay contest. The conference consisted of seminars geared towards issues taking place in the crop industry, innovative dairy technologies, plant nutrition, crop production and mechanization, water management, and soil salinity and quality. In addition to the seminars, the conference facilitated a research poster contest and a scholarship essay contest where top-placed entries in both contests received money awards.

CSU, Chico graduating senior and crop science major Luke Milliron attended the conference with plant science professor Rich Rosecrance. Milliron's undergraduate research poster, "Stem-Water Potential Reading Variability in Olives," won first place among 15 other entries from Cal Poly, Fresno State, and UC Davis. Milliron received $500 for creating the first-place research poster.

In the scholarship essay contest, junior crop and horticulture science major Hannah Ramey placed second with "Green Energy from Red Algae."  Her essay promoted the idea of using runoff from agriculture land to grow algae for biofuel production. Ramey received a scholarship award of $500 for her essay.

March 4, 2013