NO. R-192.  JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating the Vermont Technical College and University of Vermont teams on their outstanding performance at the 2003 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge.

(H.C.R.122)

Offered by:  Committee on Agriculture.

Whereas, agriculture’s future in Vermont is dependent on the state’s prospective farmers having a solid foundation in agricultural sciences and learning the newest farming methodologies, and

Whereas, a primary source for training Vermont’s future farmers is the 2 + 2 Dairy Program which provides students an outstanding agricultural education at Vermont Technical College (VTC) where an associate’s degree is earned at the conclusion of two academic years, and at the University of Vermont (UVM) where they may subsequently matriculate to complete a four‑year bachelor’s degree, and

Whereas, the high quality of both the students enrolled in the 2 + 2 Dairy Program and the curriculum they study was recently on display on April 11 and 12 at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge held in Lansing, Michigan, and

Whereas, as a further reflection of the 2 + 2 Dairy Program’s rigorous academic standards, the students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in order to remain enrolled in the program, and

Whereas, at the challenge, teams of agriculture students from colleges across the nation visited Lansing area farms, reviewed their records, and then developed a power point presentation of recommended ways to improve farms’ operations, and

Whereas, the 24 participating teams were divided into several groups with each group assigned to a specific farm, and

Whereas, dairy industry experts judged the students’ presentations, and

Whereas, the VTC 2 + 2 team, consisting of Ransom Conant, Brett Denny, Jess Coutu, and Jason Taylor placed first within its group, winning a “Platinum 1” designation and earning second place in overall standings among all the participating teams, and

Whereas, the VTC students can be especially proud of their accomplishment as the team was the only one representing a two‑year program, and

Whereas, Keeley McGarr, Rachel Pucetti, Sean Hardy, Elizabeth Brunst, and Jeff Sheldon from UVM were fine representatives of their school as they won a “Platinum 2” designation, and

Whereas, both Dr. Calvin Blessing and Kyle Thygesen at VTC and Don Maynard at UVM deserve special recognition for their superb leadership of their respective components of the 2 + 2 Dairy Program, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates both the Vermont Technical College’s and University of Vermont’s 2 + 2 Dairy Program teams which performed with great competence and expertise in the 2003 Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to Dr. Calvin Blessing at Vermont Technical College and Don Maynard at the University of Vermont.