DISTRICT AND STATE CHAMPIONS: Izard County Consolidated FFA Shooting Sports Team brought home four individual trophies from the Second Annual FFA Shooting Sports Contest on Friday, November 17 at the AGFC Shooting Complex in Jacksonville. Hayden Ekenes and James Morris both shot a perfect score of 50/50, out of the 22 schools participating. After a shootoff, Ekenes came out as Champion of the contest. In the awards ceremony, Ekenes received two trophies, the Eastern District 1st Place Individual Male, and the Arkansas State FFA 1st Place Individual Male Champion. Morris received a trophy for the Arkansas State 2nd Place Individual Male, and Kassey Martin received a trophy for the Eastern District 1st Place Individual Female. ICC FFA Advisor and Shooting Sports coach Wayne Neal said, “I am very proud of the team and it was an honor to be recognized for having the top male and female individual shooters in the Eastern District, and to have the top two male individual shooters in the State.”

by Willetta Everett
USDA funds were used to purchase livestock under a direct operating loan for a rural youth. This enabled Seth Adam McCurley, a member of the Izard County Consolidated School FFA, to purchase livestock for his FFA project.
Seth, as a member of the ICC Show Team, has been outstanding in showing his livestock since he first obtained a FSA youth loan in 2010. He has registered Brangus and Ultra-Black cattle along with a few Boer goats. He has won awards at every competition he has entered from the local county, district and state. He is a very dedicated young man and takes pride in his livestock. In a recent interview Seth said he has gained many good friends while showing his livestock as well as learned the value of responsibility and helping others.
He also said that caring for livestock is hard work, but rewarding. One thing he said he learned quickly was that a long-sleeved shirt coupled with a show-ring and livestock gets really hot!
In 2012, Seth went to Louisiana and participated in the Jr. National Brangus Show. His Brangus bull won second place in the yearling bull class.
This was a good opportunity for Seth to meet kids from across the U.S. who were also active in showing livestock. His Brangus bull then went on to win Supreme Bull in the 2012 Izard County Fair. 
Also in 2012, his Ultra Black heifer won Grand Champion AOB-American Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair, and was inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club. He has won the following belt buckles: 2008 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2009 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2010 NAYLS(North Arkansas Youth Livestock Shows)-Cattle Herdsman, 2011 NAYLS-Goat Herdsman, 2012 Izard County Fair-Supreme Bull, 2013 North Central Arkansas District Fair-Jr. Goat Showmanship, and 2014 Izard County Fair-Goat Herdsman.
Congratulations Seth on your accomplishments!

Kailee Boverhof received her first Farm Service Agency, FSA, Rural Youth Loan in 2014 to purchase livestock. She has won numerous awards at local, district and state competitions with assistance from her youth loan advisor, Wayne Neal. FSA offers Rural Youth between the ages of ten and 20 the opportunity to borrow up to $5,000 at low interest rates and reasonable terms for repayment.
USDA funds were used to purchase livestock under a direct operating loan for a rural youth. This enabled Boverhof, a member of the ICC School FFA, to purchase livestock and supplies for her FFA project.
She is a member of the ICC Show Team and has excelled in showing her livestock since she first obtained a FSA youth loan. She used her loan funds to purchase “Rose Mary”, a commercial heifer, and a registered Gelbvieh cow with a heifer calf. Along with the livestock she also purchased fencing, gates, and supplies to provide a pen for her livestock on property her parents own. In addition to this acreage where she lives, she also has access to the ICC school pastures, show barn, lab, pens and any needed equipment to assist her with her project.
She began showing livestock in 2013 and has won various awards. Neal said, “She has been a very active member of our livestock team and has attended several North Arkansas Youth Livestock Shows along with the Fulton County Fair, Izard County Fair, North Central Arkansas District Fair and the Arkansas State Fair.” Boverhof said she has learned responsibility and loves showing her livestock.
She and Rose Mary achieved the following in 2013: Supreme Commercial Champion at the Izard County Fair, Reserve Grand Champion – Commercial Heifer at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion Commercial Heifer at Izard County Fair, and Fifth in Class for American Commercial Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair.
After purchasing Rose Mary in 2014, she and Rose Mary won the following: Supreme Commercial Heifer at the Izard County Fair, Grand Champion County Bred at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the North Central Arkansas District Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the Izard County Fair, and Second in Class for American Commercial at the Arkansas State Fair.
She has purchased a new show heifer for 2015, Oreo, and has won the following to date: Grand Champion Commercial Heifer at the Spring District Show and Thirs in Class for Exotic Commercial at the Spring Arkansas State Show.
Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of three articles to be published on FSA Rural Youth Loan Success Stories. Next week: Seth Stapleton.