March 29, 2018
Office of Public Information
For Immediate Release
Calf Auction Tops $15k for Crowder Agriculture Division
Neosho, MO – As the gavel dropped, the Fifth Annual Calf Auction Fundraiser came to a close at Joplin Regional Stockyards on Wednesday, March 28th. The grand total for the campaign topped $15,000 which included the sale of the heifer, donation bids made at the auction, pre-sale donations and sponsorships from the surrounding community.
“It is unbelievably humbling to see the community of businesses, farms and families pull together to make this event so successful. Crowder Agriculture is honored to be a part of such a generous group of people who believe in our mission as we educate future agriculturalists. True servant leadership was exhibited today by our supporters. We can’t thank them enough”, said Jorge Zapata, Agriculture Division Chair
The Red Angus heifer was donated by Kunkel Farms, Dr. Dale Kunkel, owner. Proceeds are used to help support agriculture students as they travel to activities and competitions across the state and country.
New Mac Electric donated a grill that was also auctioned to add to the fundraising. Other sponsors include: Newton/McDonald County Cattleman’s Association, Animal Clinic of Diamond, Missouri Cattleman’s Association, B & M Tire, FarmTalk, The Cornerstone Bank, Tatum Motor Company Mahindra Tractors, Haggard Excavating, Hunke Spray Service, Fred Harris State Farm Insurance, Purina, Opal Foods, and Liberty Utilities Empire District.
Crowder agriculture students compete in professional and leadership development contests, along with experiential travel to a variety of agriculture industry operations. Internships and jobs have been gained from such travel.
Crowder’s Agriculture Division offers a variety of degrees that allow a student to pursue a career or transfer to a 4-year university. Degrees available include: Associate of Arts in Agriculture: Business, Education, Agronomy, Animal Science, Poultry Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine; Associate of Applied Science in Agri-Business Technology: Agronomy, Horticulture, Livestock Production, Marketing & Management and Veterinary Technology.