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Published February 15, 2012, 07:46 AM

Little International held in Fargo

North Dakota State University and the Saddle and Sirloin Club hosted the 86th Little International Livestock Contest Feb. 10-11 on the NDSU campus. During the event, Keith D. Bjerke was recognized as the Agriculturalist of the Year.

North Dakota State University and the Saddle and Sirloin Club hosted the 86th Little International Livestock Contest Feb. 10-11 on the NDSU campus.

During the event, Keith D. Bjerke was recognized as the Agriculturalist of the Year.

The theme for this year’s Little International was “Agriculture in Action.” It is the largest student-run agricultural event in the state, with more than 200 members and 28 student-led committees helping to organize the tradition.

The two-day event featured contests and the annual Dance in the Chips. FFA students and 4-H members competed in livestock competitions on Feb. 10. NDSU students participated in showmanship contests Feb. 11 including beef, equine, sheep and swine. A public speaking competition and ham curing contest also were held.

“For students involved in agriculture, the Little International is an imperative part of our collegiate career,” said Jessie Topp, a senior in agricultural communications from Grace City, N.D., who was selected queen for the event. “Being involved in Saddle and Sirloin has given me the opportunity to network with other students who share the same passion for agriculture and work together to put on an event that highlights our industry. The Little International is my way of taking an active role in giving our industry a voice.”

According to Saddle and Sirloin, Bjerke’s efforts have impacted thousands of students and the future of agriculture.

This year’s show manager was Kelcey Holm of Ellendale, N.D.

Nick Austin of Westhope, N.D., was the assistant manager.

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