UW-Platteville student one of eight selected nationally to attend irrigation conference

November 18, 2013

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Kevin Hartenberger

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Kevin Hartenberger, a senior from Rockford, Ill., majoring in horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was selected to attend the Irrigation Association Conference. The conference, held in Austin, Texas, was held Nov. 4-8.

Hartenberger was selected from an application and cover letter he submitted to the Irrigation Association. Hartenberger’s advisor Dr. Donita Cartmill, assistant professor of ornamental horticulture in the department of agriculture at UW-Platteville, encouraged him to sign up.

Hartenberger was one of eight college students from across the United States to be selected to this all-inclusive conference.

At the conference, Hartenberger attended classes to further his knowledge of irrigation systems and practices. Some of these classes included electrical troubleshooting, diagnosing two wire systems and an irrigation technician course. “The classes offered hands-on learning about problem solving related to irrigation systems,” said Hartenberger.

“This conference was a really great way to understand the necessity to develop and grow the industry of irrigation because with a limited water supply it is really important to practice smart and efficient watering habits,” said Hartenberger.

Hartenberger will be graduating in December and he hopes to eventually get a job as a golf course superintendent.

Contact: Kevin Hartenberger, student, hartenbergek@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, schmidtme@uwplatt.edu

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