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Agriculture Headlines


LLCC wins first place at National PAS Conference

Fri, 29 Mar 2019 13:49:58 CDT
l-r: Nathan Goebel of Harvel, Will Rexroad of Athens, and Nathan Thompson of Carlinville.

Lincoln Land Community College’s soil specialist team of Nathan Goebel (Harvel), Will Rexroad (Athens) and Nathan Thompson (Carlinville) won first place overall at the national Professional Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization conference, with Goebel taking honors as the high individual overall. The event hosted more than 600 attendees and was held in Loveland, Colo. March 13-16.

Ten LLCC Agriculture Club members competed in four team events as well as two individual competitions designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.

LLCC’s beef specialist team of Clayton Schowe (Warrenton, Mo.), Austin Dennison (Lincoln) and Lori Jackson (Jacksonville) won fifth place. The crop specialist team of Mason Fesser (Fillmore), Dakota Dowson (Auburn) and Eston Coe (Illiopolis) placed 14th overall.

The LLCC college bowl team of Skye Kretzinger (Chestnut), Showe, Dennison, Dowson and Rexroad finished with a 3-2 record, losing to the eventual champions in the quarterfinals.

In individual events, Jackson placed second in the agriculture education interview contest, and Goebel placed third in the fertilizer and agrichemicals division of the same contest. Coe placed third in the agriculture sales competition.

PAS is a career and technical student organization for college students interested in agriculture and has members from 20 states. In addition to competitive events, the national conference provides an opportunity for students to attend workshops, hear from nationally renowned speakers and meet with representatives from a dozen agriculture firms with employment opportunities across the country.

Learn more about LLCC’s agriculture programs and club at

L-R: Lori Jackson, Sky Kretzinger, Eston Coe, Clayton Schowe, Austin Dennison, Mason Fesser, Will Rexroad, Nathan Goebel, Nathan Thompson, Dakota Dowson


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