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August 7, 2012

Cowley College continues to support area 4-H youth programs


Showing their support for the rural community and agriculture in the county, Cowley College paid $3,152 to purchase a blue ribbon Angus steer during Monday night’s Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fairgrounds.


4-H youth programThe 1,443 pound Angus steer was presented at the auction by Kasey Biddle, who will be a senior at Central-Burden High School. The meat will be processed and donated to the Manna Ministries Food Bank in Arkansas City as well as the Winfield Community Food Pantry.

Having started in 4-H when he was just seven years old, Biddle primarily worked with swine before showing cattle.

“It’s a big change, but I got it done and it turned out great,” Biddle said. “It has been rewarding to care for animals, learn how to treat them right and keep them healthy.”

Cowley College Board of Trustees member, Dennis K. Shurtz, represented the college at the auction. Shurtz, who is the owner of Shurtz Commodity Trading Inc., was glad the college could purchase a steer from an individual in the 4-H program.

“This is an opportunity for the college to step in and help youth in Cowley County and reward them for their hard work,” Shurtz said.

Biddle was happy to hear the sale of his steer would benefit individuals in the community, as was Shurtz.

“By donating to the food banks in Winfield and Ark City all of Cowley County will be able to benefit from this,” Shurtz said.

Kasey’s parents are Scott and Jennifer Biddle of Burden.

Along with 4-H, Biddle is involved in several activities at Central High School. He is a three-time state placer in wrestling, a second-team all-state pitcher for the Raider baseball team, and an all-district selection as a defensive back for the football team. He is also a member of FFA (Future Farmers of America), FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Student Council and the National Honor Society.

He hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and play college baseball once he graduates from Central High School.

“I have been interested in attending Cowley for a long time and hope to get an opportunity to play baseball there,” Biddle said.

Kasey’s sister, Megan Haunschild, graduated from Cowley in 2010.

Cowley offers students an opportunity to pursue an Associate of Arts in Agribusiness or an Associate of Science Degree in Agriculture.