Top University of Wyoming agricultural students were honored, and the owners of the Six Iron Ranch near Shoshoni received Gamma Sigma Delta’s Outstanding Agriculturalist Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Laramie April 20.
Gamma Sigma Delta is the international honor society of agriculture.
Receiving outstanding student awards, their hometowns and majors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources were:
Outstanding Freshman – Hannah Shoults, Van Tassell, animal and veterinary sciences (ANVS); Kelsey Welter, Aurora, Colo., renewable resources and watershed management (REWM)
Outstanding Sophomore – Emilee Brinton, Newnan, Ga., ANVS
Outstanding Junior – Perry Baptista, Elizabeth, Colo., agricultural business; Emily Schroeder, Gillette, family and consumer sciences
Outstanding Senior – Erin Anders, Helena Mont., agroecology; Mariel Pfeifer, Hulett, microbiology
Outstanding Master’s Student – Victoria Zero, Granada Hills, Calif., REWM
Outstanding Doctoral Student – Eric Wald, Fairbanks, Alaska, REWM
The Bob and George Pingetzer families, owners of the Six Iron, have worked closely with the Department of Animal Science for more than 20 years in association with the Wyoming Beef Cattle Improvement Association (WBCIA) bull test, said Doug Hixon, professor and head of the department. Bulls have been fed through their Bull and Heifer Development Test Facility between Riverton and Shoshoni.
The families worked with the Riverton Chamber of Commerce and the local agricultural community for many years to hold a bull test symposium and banquet prior to each year’s bull sale, Hixon said. An art auction in conjunction with the banquet helped raise money for student scholarships.
George Pingetzer has been active in Wyoming agriculture for more than 50 years, said Hixon. His son, Bob, serves on the Powell Research and Extension Center Advisory Committee, is a member of the Wyoming Angus Association and is past president of the WBCIA. He is an active member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Red Angus Association and American Quarter Horse Association. Bob Pingetzer received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW.