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Have You Herd? August 2009 Judy Gilchrest

WTAMU Student Wins National
Sorghum Challenge

Jody Gilchrest, a junior plant, soil and environmental science major from Hereford, knows her stuff so well that she has been named a winner of the National Grain Sorghum Foundation and National Sorghum Producers annual Sorghum Challenge.

The WTAMU student received word July 1 from Dr. Bruce Maunder, president of the National Grain Sorghum Foundation, that her entry was a winner. She receives a scholarship to use toward college tuition as well as an opportunity to travel with the National Sorghum Producers and the state association presidents to the Spring 2010 Fly-In to Washington D.C. She will meet Washington representatives influential in agricultural legislation and the agricultural economy to discuss and resolve issues for the sorghum producers they represent.

“I am extremely proud of Jody for this national honor,” Dr. Bonnie Pendleton, associate professor of integrated pest management, said. “This shows that the National Sorghum Producers and the Sorghum Foundation believe Jody is the best undergraduate student to accompany the presidents of the Grain Sorghum Producers Associations in each state when they travel to Washington, D.C., in the spring. I totally agree with their choice and have been amazed at the incredible work she has been doing this summer on research for her WT McNair Scholars Program.”

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