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Montana Wool Growers award scholarships

The Montana Wool Growers Association announced the winners of its 2015 MWGA Young Entrepreneur Scholarships. Applicants were required to write a one-page letter explaining their history in the sheep industry, an overview of their current operation and where they see themselves in the future of the sheep industry.

Sarah Spear and Kacie Killen were chosen to represent Montana at the American Sheep Industry Association Convention, participating in the Young Entrepreneur Program, held January 27-30 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Both recipients will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the convention and will be discussing producer issues, successes and opportunities. Other topics to be covered include social media, wool and lamb direct-marketing opportunities, political action updates and round table discussions.

Monies used to provide the scholarship were generated by Montana's sheep industry itself. At the 2nd Annual Montana Ewe Sale held in Miles City in September, a Targhee yearling ewe donated by Betty Sampsel of Stanford, Mont., was sold and resold eight times to help raise funds to send beginning Montana sheep producers to the young entrepreneur workshop being held during the ASI Convention.

The following people are responsible for helping make this trip possible: Brad Boner, Lisa Kimsy, Randy Tunby, Mike Green, Jack McRae, Sieben Livestock, Sieben Ranch, Hollenbeck Land and Livestock, Harvey Bieber and Hughes Newford Company. The young entrepreneur workshop is one of many efforts undertaken by the MWGA to help young producers get into and succeed in the sheep industry.

–American Sheep Industry

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