A five person team from the Utah State University Agribusiness Club recently traveled to Chicago and returned home a few days later with a first-place prize. College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences students Mason Anderson, Bruce Balin, Elliot Denis, Trevor Knudsen and Trevor Nielson were this year’s winners of the Food Distribution Research Society’s Student Food Marketing Challenge.
The USU team beat out teams from Texas A & M, University of Kentucky, California Polytechnic State University and Colorado State University. The competition challenged students to find a solution to a problem facing a featured business, the Chicago Meat Authority.
As a solution, the USU Agribusiness Club proposed that the Authority focus on recruiting students with an agricultural background rather than students who had an excellent resume but did not have agricultural ties. There were other parts to the solution as well.
CORRECTION: The USU Agribusiness Club worked to find a solution for the Chicago Meat Authority. The article previously stated that the organization was a ‘failed’ business, when in fact it should have read ‘featured’ business. The error is regrettable and the story has been corrected.