Every year hundreds of young Missourians compete for the Youth In Agriculture Scholarship that are funded through Youth in Agriculture and buyers of the livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions. A percent of each animal’s sale price is allocated for these awards. This year there were 37 recipients of $1,000 and one $2,500 Supreme award.  Carson Luther, 19,  from Lawson was one of those winners.

Carson was raised on a farm and has been around cattle and crops all her life and says she finds it “fascinating”.

Applicants must also have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair, however applicants cannot have sold livestock in a past Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions auction.

She has exhibited at the fair since shes was eight year’s old.

“I’ve had a steer every year. I also show things in the Home Economics Building and the 4-H Building as well,” said Carson Luther. “Last year I had a coat get the Best of Show Award and several times I’ve had the best in division. This year my steer came in third.”

Carson Luther
Applicants must be high school seniors and active members of 4-H or FFA, and must plan to enroll in an accredited Missouri college or university to pursue a degree in agriculture.

Carson plans on attending Mizzou in the fall to study agricultural economics and computer sciences.

“Hopefully I will learn a little bit more about how agriculture effects the economy and what the agriculture economy is itself,” she said.

Missouri’s youth involved in agriculture who plan on pursuing a career in agriculture and want to attend college after high school graduation may want to consider applying for the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarship. Applications will be available in November on the Missouri State Fair webpage. The deadline is for high school seniors interested in applying for the scholarship is set for Feb. 1, 2015

Click below to hear KMZU’s Mandy Young talk with Carson Luther:

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2013 Scholarship winners


Sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics

Julie Crouch, Lincoln


Megan Abel, Marthasville
Kelsey Almond, New Boston
Jillian Sarah Bertz, Mayview
Bryana Lyn Binkley, Jefferson City
Rachael Bonacker, Cedar Hill
Julie Choate, Pleasant Hope
Mikayla Elizabeth Engeman, Montrose
Jaime Erickson, Keytesville
Jason Michael Francka, Brighton
Tyler Joshua Gerke, Smithton
Erin D. Greeley, Hopkins
Amanda Hampton, Nelson
Rebecca Helton, Macon
Marissa Darlene Herring, Saint Joseph
Ellen Jackson, Miller
Cavin Joesting, Rock Port
Clara Knipp, Tipton
James Auburn Lasater, Elsberry
Carson Luther, Lawson
Samantha Nicole Marre, Elsberry
Brittney McBride, Centralia
Haylee Reid, Owensville
MaKayla Reynolds, Huntsville
Lindsey Robinson, Wellsville
Alyssa Rockers, Carthage
Timothy Russell, Warrensburg
John G. Schenkel, Maryville
Taylor Strain, Rolla
Rebekah Temte, Verona
Clayton Thompson, Lohman
Blaire Todd, Helena
Sara Van Ausdal, Troy
Ashlee Waddell, Curryville
Chance Wait, Moundville
Morgan Walkup, Gower
Katelyn Lorraine Wansing, Marshall
Elizabeth Warren, Dawn