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NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club to host 87th Little International

Published February 4, 2013

The 87th Little International Livestock Show, the largest student-sponsored event at NDSU, is scheduled for Feb. 8-9. The show features showmanship classes of horse, beef, dairy, sheep and swine, as well as contests for ham curing and public speaking.

Commonly known as “Little I,” the 2013 event’s theme is “Our Roots Run Deep.” More than 300 students participate in the plan­ning and organization of the event.

The Agriculturist of the Year is honored each year at Little I, and educator Lyle Warner was selected for the 2013 honor. Warner, who earned a master’s degree in agricultural education at NDSU in 1981, has enjoyed a long career in agricultural education at Bismarck State College from 1982 until the present.

Warner served on the initial committee to develop articulation agreements and common course numbers that applied to all the campuses in North Dakota offering agricultural courses. At North Dakota State College of Science, he started and developed the cur­riculum for the agribusiness department. In addition, at Bismarck State College he chaired the agribusiness department for eight years and served as adviser of the Post-Secondary Agricultural Student organization.

Warner also helped develop the Perpetual Flock Program through the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association. The program gives qualifying young people 10 ewes to help them get started in the sheep business.

The queen of Little I will be senior Mandy Peine, an accounting major from Vermillion, Minn. Calli Lemm, an agricultural communications junior from Hillsboro, N.D., and Christine Wanner, an agricultural education senior from Wishek, N.D., were selected princesses.

Event highlights include the Hall of Fame social and banquet on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Ramada Plaza Suites, Fargo. The alumni luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the atrium of Loftsgard Hall, and the annual Dance in the Chips is set for later that day at 11 p.m. in Sheppard Arena.

For a complete schedule of events during Little I, visit


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