Animal Science Student Earns Success in National Contest

Release Date: March 02, 2018

A Berry College student took third place recently in a national essay contest. 

Berry College sophomore Sarra Wolfe of Elkton, Md., wrote an essay “Don’t Forget About the Calves” for the 2018 National Youth in Grazing Essay Contest. The contest is designed to encourage youth to learn about all phases of forage production and harvest. The contest sponsor is the American Forage & Grassland Council. 

“I wrote this essay under the guidance of Dr. Roger Gates, a visiting professor last semester who taught the Forage Production course. His passion for agriculture and southern forages was my motivation for the submission,” Wolfe said. “After two years of working at the Dairy Unit, I am now working with a beef producer off campus to gain knowledge and experience. This has been made possible because of the opportunities I have been given at Berry.” 

Wolfe was recognized for her work at the annual convention in Louisville, Ky., where she received a cash prize and a free one-year complimentary student membership to the American Forage & Grassland Council. In addition, her essay was featured on the council’s website and shared with other media partners for future publishing in forage industry magazines and newsletters. 

“Although Berry is viewed as a small college, the opportunities are quite extraordinary,” Wolfe said. “Many big colleges do not offer the opportunity for undergraduates to work with livestock every day and practice research. To place with students from such prestigious colleges from across the country is an honor among itself.” 

Penn State took first place and the University of Tennessee earned second in the essay contest. For more information on the American Forage & Grassland Council, visit 

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Written by Public Relations Student Supervisor Alexi Bell