Madeline Patterson Receives National Award
Kenyon Wanamingo FFA member Madeline Patterson was one of 4 finalists chosen to compete for the Proficiency Award in Swine Production Entrepreneurship at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. According to the National FFA "the proficiency award recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands on career experience." Patterson became eligible for the national award after winning the Minnesota state FFA competition last spring.
Madeline works with her 3 younger sisters running Country Girl Show Pigs. Country Girl Show Pigs is a 36 sow operation with the goal of producing quality show pigs at a reasonable cost. The sow herd consists of Duroc, Spotted, Yorkshire and Crossbreds. They farrow about 500 pigs a year, raise them to 50 pounds and sell them mostly to private customers. Madeline plans on attending North Dakota State University majoring in agricultural communications. Madeline is the daughter of Rebekah and Mike Patterson. Her FFA advisor is Chuck Larson.