MJC Agricultural & Environmental Sciences E-News
November 19, 2019
In this Edition:

  • Highlighted Staff

  • Counselors Night

  • YF Community Service

  • Farm Supply Dinner

  • Pinning Ceremony

  • Voss Berryhill

  • Harvest Party


  • 19th- Voss Berryhill Lunch
  • 20th - AGstravaganza
  • 21st - YF Community Service
  • 22nd- Spray Safe Seminar/ACE
  • 28th/29th - No School


  • 3rd - Ag Student Holiday Buffet/Borges
Highlighted Staff: Mrs. Terpstra

I was raised in Lassen County, way up in the Northeastern corner of California, which felt more like Nevada. Wooded mountains surrounded our valley, which was mostly sage brush and juniper trees, commercial cattle and sheep, and of course, wild horses. So growing up, the agriculture I was exposed to was animal production, alfalfa hay, and timber. I was a member of 4-H all through high school, and I was active in FFA, serving as Superior Region Vice President. I attended community college and transferred to Chico State, where I was a member of their livestock judging team and finished a bachelor's degree in Agriculture; later I completed a Master's degree in Education, with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Chapman University.  I taught high school agriculture and was an FFA advisor at Lodi high for six years, then Escalon for twelve. Before coming to MJC, I taught animal science for three years at Delta College in Stockton.

Here at MJC, I teach two introductory courses in animal science (ANSC 200), and I teach the beef science class and its lab. I will also be teaching the beef fitting and showing class in the spring. Teaching the beef class goes hand-in-hand with my responsibilities as the professor in charge of the beef unit, a job I could not do without the help of hard-working and conscientious interns. So far this year, we have inventoried, cleaned, and organized the unit and office, started an online record-keeping system for the cattle, calved out five cute but onery calves, and will soon breed the cowherd this winter. The rest of the week is filled with the livestock judging class and getting team members prepared for contests.  Without a doubt, livestock judging is a personal focus of mine, since livestock judging is what I credit for so much of the personal and professional growth I've experienced in my life. I hope that my efforts and time are as valuable to our students here as they were to me when I was once a young college student.  

On a final note, I would like to thank the students, faculty, and staff at MJC for welcoming me into the family here. Everyone has been incredibly helpful, and I appreciate the guidance and advice from each and everyone of you!   

Counselors Night
Last Tuesday Counselors and agriculture teachers from local high schools in Stanislaus County all meet on Modesto Junior College West Campus at the Mary Stuart Rogers Building to learn more about the vast opportunities that the MJC agriculture department has to offer for students. When the counselors and teachers first arrived they were treated with a bus tour of the animal units and facilities led by four of the student interns. The bus tours got to stop and look around at three of the units.

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- Written by Jenna Moore, Freshman
YF Community Service
What better way to get in the spirit of Thanksgiving than serving those in need? Young Farmers has paired up with the Modesto Gospel Mission to help serve a 5 star meal to community members who might need a little bit of extra help. There will be two serving shifts, so please come and help us out at the Gospel Mission! We are excited for this heart-warming opportunity we will be able to share with the community, we hope to see you there!
                         Contact Mrs. Boyd or Mr. Amador for more information.
Farm Supply Dinner
Vet Tech - Pinning Ceremony
Written by: Eva Shipley, Sophomore
Voss Berryhill Scholarship
On November 21st, the Ag Department hosted the Voss Berryhill scholarship luncheon. We had twenty-three scholarship recipients! The agriculture department is beyond proud of this phenomenal group that has put forth the effort to earn this scholarship. We also had two students, Abigail Douglas and Corie Lee Falaschi, give speeches to the scholarship board. Once again, a big congratulations to the Voss-Berryhill recipients and thank you to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce!
Harvest Party - Recap
Support Ag Sales Class at AGstravaganza!
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