MURRAY, Ky. — Students from the Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture competed and received recognition at the 2017 Southern Agriculture Economics Association (SAEA) Quiz Bowl competition.

The undergraduate agricultural economics Quiz Bowl event was held Feb. 5–6 in connection with the SAEA annual meeting and saw participation from 122 college students from over 20 four-year universities across the United States.

Five agribusiness majors from the Hutson School of Agriculture participated in the event. Junior Benjamin Hornback (Slaughters, Ky.) anchored the team that placed second in the double-elimination competition. His teammates included students from Clemson, University of Florida and Arkansas State University. Other Murray State students competing in the contest included seniors Chandler Christian (Owensboro, Ky.), Hannah Ice (West Frankfort, Ill.) and Caleb Brannon (Murray, Ky.) and junior Kristen Gregson (Waterloo, Ill.).

The undergraduate Quiz Bowl is hosted by the SAEA and held in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Sciences meetings. It is a unique event as the students are randomized with students from other universities and encouraged to network throughout the tournament. The quiz bowl is a jeopardy-style contest that consists of questions in eight categories: microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative, resource/policy, management, marketing, agribusiness/finance and a random potpourri category.

In addition to competing in the contest, students were able to listen to academic research presentations, attend a graduate school recruitment fair, network with students and advisors from other universities and learn more about agribusiness industries predominant on the Gulf Coast.

For more information about Murray State’s participation in the 2017 SAEA Quiz Bowl contact Dr. Michelle Santiago at msantiago1@murraystate.edu.

Students from the Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture competed and received recognition at the 2017 Southern Agriculture Economics Association (SAEA) Quiz Bowl competition, held Feb. 5-6. Pictured from left to right are Caleb Brannon, Ben Hornback, Hannah Ice, Kristen Gregson, and Chandler Christian.