A third-grader from Wymore is
the proud new owner of a sow and her litter, raised in the Agriculture Businessand Management Technology program at Southeast Community College. Peyton Humphries
submitted an essay on why he would benefit from winning a sow and her piglets.
His essay stood out from the others, according to the faculty at SCC.
“Peyton was selected because
of his drive and commitment to the agriculture industry,” said SCC Agriculture
Instructor Annie Erichsen.
In order to qualify for the
Sow Giveaway, sponsored by SCC, Aksarben, and the Nebraska and Iowa Pork
Producers, students must be in 4-H or the Future Farmers of America. Applicants
must explain how they would benefit from winning the piglets and how the award
will improve the profitability and growth of the livestock. The sow and litter
is valued at approximately $750.
“If I would win, I could
start my own swine project,” Humphries wrote in his essay. “I would like to
raise the piglets, and when they get older I would be able to take them to the
fair. I plan on selling some of the pigs to butcher (sad face), then use that
money to breed the sow again when she has piglets.”
Second place went to 15-year-old
Grace Eckhardt of Hastings. She also will take home a sow and her litter.