Two members of the Lincoln Land Community College Livestock Judging Team, coached by Craig Beckmier, professor of agriculture, recently earned All-American status at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
LLCC sophomores Mason Gordon and Adrian Austin were among 15 students nationwide to receive the honor.
To earn All-American status, in addition to excelling in the classroom, Gordon and Austin, both of Springfield, had to compete and score well at the major national collegiate livestock events including the Kansas City Royal, North American International Exposition in Louisville, and the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Both students have been LLCC Agriculture Club officers while enrolled at the college. After completing their studies at LLCC, Gordon, originally from Rushville, Ind., plans to transfer to Purdue University to major in agribusiness and political science. Austin, originally from Mt. Vernon, Ill., intends on transferring to Kansas State University with a major in ag communications.
Also, members of the LLCC Agriculture Club performed well at the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS)
Conference in Louisville last month, where they competed against teams from 18 states.
The Livestock Specialist – Overall Team of Dalton Johnston (Virginia), Dalton Litterly (Elkhart) and Austin Dennison (Virden) won first place at the conference. Johnston earned first place individually, followed by Litterly in third place.
The Livestock Specialist – Swine Team of Mason Gordon (Rushville, Ind.), Adrian Austin (Mt. Vernon) and Austin Smith (Arenzville) placed third overall.
The Soil Science Specialist Team of Morgan Gum (Petersburg), Josie Goebel (Harvel) and Madelyn Ray (Pleasant Plains) also took third in their event.
The College Bowl Team of Litterly, Austin, Gordon, Dennison and Ryan Steinkamp (Springfield) took fourth place out of 32 colleges competing in that event.
The teams are advised by LLCC Professor and Agriculture Program Coordinator Bill Harmon.
The mission of the LLCC Agriculture Club is to foster interaction among agriculture students, provide educational and competitive opportunities and encourage career development.
LLCC’s agriculture program offers an associate in science degree in agriculture, designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. For students preparing to enter directly into the workforce, LLCC provides two-year associate in applied science degree programs in agri-business management, horticulture and precision agronomy/fertilizer, as well as certificate programs in fertilizer, agricultural watershed management and landscape design/turf management.
More information is available at www.llcc.edu/agriculture.