Kansas State, Purdue, Virginia Tech Agriculture Students from Pennsylvania Awarded 1K Beef Scholarships at 2018 Keystone International Livestock Expo

HARRISBURG –  Undergraduates from Kansas State and Virginia Tech Universities, and a Penn State alum pursuing his masters degree at Purdue University were each awarded $1,000 Beef Scholarships during the 62nd Annual Keystone International Livestock Expo (KILE), on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Recipients were chosen for excellence in academics, community involvement, commitment to the beef industry and involvement in KILE. Each winner received a check for $1,000, presented by Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding at the Supreme Champion Beef Pageant.

“These students represent the bright future of animal agriculture,” said Secretary Redding. “Encouraging excellence in academics as well as showmanship and animal management will go a long way toward raising the workforce the U.S. beef industry needs to stay number one in the world. I commend these three students for continuing that proud tradition of excellence.”

Eligible students had to have shown cattle in a previous KILE Junior Beef Show, and must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or post-secondary degree or certificate program in any field of study.

Scholarship recipients were:

  • Nathan Briggs, of New Bloomfield, Perry County, Pennsylvania, graduate of Penn State University, is pursuing a master’s degree Purdue University in animal science with a concentration in beef nutrition.
  • Daniel Rohrbaugh of Seven Valleys, York County, Pennsylvania, first-year student majoring in agriculture business at Kansas State University.
  • Brittany Truax of Harrisonville, Fulton County, Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech student majoring in animal and poultry science.

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with more than 1,400 beef cattle, 1,110 horse, 1,700 sheep and wool, 225 swine, and 260 goat entries in 2018. This year, more than 900 exhibitors from 25 states competed in livestock events. The show also included the 11th Annual Keystone Classic Barbecue Competition, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event to select the state's finest culinary competitors and the first annual ranch riding competition hosted by the East Coast Ranch Riding Association.

Find more information, including show results and photos at  www.keystoneinternational.pa.gov.