Dotson receives second place in swine production-entrepreneurship proficiency award area
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2016 – Morgan Lee Dotson of Kidder, Mo., received the second place Missouri FFA Swine Production-Entrepreneurship Proficiency award at the 88th Missouri FFA Convention.
Dotson, a senior at Penney High School, is the daughter of James and Glynis Dotson. She is a member of the Hamilton FFA chapter. Her FFA advisor is Brant Burns.
Dotson’s supervised agricultural experience program began her freshman year when she purchased a Hampshire gilt. After her success with the first litter, Dotson increased her herd to 18 breeding animals. Dotson has expanded her operation to sell show pigs and market animals. She also utilizing a cross-breeding program using old style Hampshire boars on her gilts.
Dotson has attended Washington Leadership Conference and the National FFA Convention, as well as exhibiting livestock at national shows and the Missouri State Fair. Dotson has also attended Missouri Agribusiness Academy, Missouri State FFA Camp and LEAD (Learn Educate Advance Develop) Conference.
In addition to FFA, Dotson is involved with volleyball and 4-H. Dotson was also voted super trooper student counselor.
Dotson plans to attend Fort Scott University in Kansas and compete in livestock judging. Dotson then plans to transfer to the University of Missouri-Columbia before going on to become a veterinarian.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Swine Production-Entrepreneurship is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Missouri Pork Association sponsored this award.
The Missouri FFA has 25,920 members representing 340 chapters. The national organization has more than 626,000 members representing 7,757 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.