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Kingsville Students Set to Participate in Rangeland Cup Competition

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Four Texas A&M University- Kingsville students look to add to the university’s winning record as they participate in the upcoming Rangeland Cup competition. The Rangeland Cup competition takes place each year at the Society for Range Management’s annual meeting.

For the past 2 years, Dr. Benjamin Turner, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Environmental Sciences and King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management has mentored the A&M-Kingsville participants.

Last year, three A&M-Kingsville students took home the ‘1st Place High Team’ score and the 2017 Rangeland Cup. Since the competition, they have developed a manuscript based on their poster which is in the second round of peer review with the journal Rangelands.

Each October, the competition committee releases the upcoming contest’s topic regarding a contemporary issue related to natural resource management. The students then research the topic and develop a poster to be presented at the meeting. The top two teams are recognized, with the highest finisher receiving the Rangeland Cup trophy, which rotates annually to the winning institution.

This year, participants from A&M-Kingsville will compete against universities such as Oregon State, University of Nevada, Utah State, University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State, New Mexico State and Texas A&M-College Station as they look to retain the Rangeland Cup. The competition will begin January 29, 2018 in Sparks, Nevada.

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