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!

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Mary Alice (l), Audra and Maggie (r), Izard County Queen’s Contest Winners at the Horse Show. See additional Izard County Fair photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/K.Dement

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.

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Pictured is Tiny Miss Photogenic in the Izard County Fair Beauty Pageants held on Friday and Saturday, August 8 and August 9. See more pictures in this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/S.Williams

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s Pacesetting Times.          Photo/M.Yancey

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/M.Yancey

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s edition. Photo/M.Yancey

2012 IZARD COUNTY FAIR QUEEN: Savannah Skidmore (center) was crowned Izard County Fair Queen on Saturday, August 11. Savannah is the daughter of Jerry and Kim Skidmore. First runner up was Aston Byram (l), daughter of Leta Gay Byram, and second runner up and photogenic was Sage Parish, daughter of Dale and Anna Parish.

 

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