The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture (YIA) Day Saturday, Aug. 17. The annual Sale of Champions Auction was the highlight of the day, with money raised benefiting Missouri youth involved in agriculture.
Through the generous support of YIA sponsors, the Missouri State Fair is able to award scholarships to Missouri youth pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Last year, thirty-six $1,000 scholarships and one supreme $2,500 scholarship were awarded to youth across Missouri. Since 1992, 436 Missouri youth have received more than $361,000 in scholarships.
This year’s bids totals $124,700. 30% of those funds will go towards the Youth In Agriculture Fund for future grants. Information to apply for the YIA grants will be available on line on the Missouri State Fair webpage starting November 1st, 2013 with an application deadline of the 1st of February, 2014.
On Aug. 17, 12 lots were offered in the auction and here are those results.
The Grand Champion Steer belonged to Kayla Morrow from Nevada. The 1310 pound animal sold for $22,500 to Edward Jones and Briarwood Farms
The 268 pound Grand Champion Barrow belonging to Abbe Gibson sold for $19,000 to BTC Bank and Orem Seed
The Grand Champion Lamb belonging to Bryce Schmidt sold for $19,000 to the Jerry Litton Family Foundation
The Martin Family and the MO State Rabbit Producers Association teamed up to pay $5,200 for the Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits raised by Kristina Nadler
The Grand Champion Pen of Chickens belonging to Hannah Bruse sold for $2,800 to the University of MO Sigma Alpha Sorority
The Grand Champion Meat Goat belonging to Carter Ward sold for $5,200 to the MO Meat Goat Producers and to Hymer and Associates
The Reserve Grand Champion Steer belonging to Mackenzie Mawson sold for $16,000 to ADM Show Tech and Missouri State Fair Concessionaires
The Reserve Grand Champion Barrow weighs 266 pounds and was also raised by Mackenzie Mawson. It was purchased for $16,000 by Monsanto
The Reserve Grand Champion Lamb belonging to Tyler Jenkins sold for $12,000 to the MU Independent Aggies
The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits raised by Jullian Alkire sold for $6,000 to MFA Incorporated and the Missouri Rabbit Producers
The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens raised by Vivian Buie sold for $2,200 to Rivis Incorporated and Wheeler Auction and Real Estate
The 77 pound Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat raised by Gage Porter sold for $4,000 to Dupont Pioneer