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Livestock Marketing Association Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipients

May 17, 2024

Overland Park, Kansas

Nine students have been selected to receive $2,500 scholarships from the Livestock Marketing Association, or LMA, Scholarship Program.

The LMA Scholarship Program, now in its second year, was expanded to support more students with aspirations of using their careers to support the livestock and livestock marketing industry. Applicants must be sponsored by an LMA member livestock marketing business and answer essay questions on issues of importance to the industry. 

The 2024 LMA scholarship recipients are as follows:

·     Matt Bruns, North Platte, Nebraska, is a sophomore ag business and animal science major at Northeastern Junior College. He was sponsored by North Platte Stockyards.

·     Myranda Hansen, Norfolk, Nebraska, is a Norfolk Senior High School student with plans to study agriculture leadership, education and communications. She was sponsored by Columbus Sales Pavilion.

·     Payton Irick, Seminole, Oklahoma, studies agricultural communications and agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University. She was sponsored by Glenn Payne Order Buying.

·     Drew Mickey, Taylorville, Illinois, will study animal science at Kansas State University. He was sponsored by Greenville Livestock Auction.

·     Eric Quisenberry, Shattuck, Oklahoma, studies animal science at Oklahoma State University. He was sponsored by Beaver County Stockyards.

·     Brooke Reininger, St. Hedwig, Texas, is a senior at Marion High School with plans to study animal science. She was sponsored by Seguin Cattle Co.

·     Skye Schumaker, Stillwater, Oklahoma, will pursue a master’s degree in business administration at Oklahoma State University. She was sponsored by Carthage Livestock Sales.

·     Kaley Wagner, Smith Center, Kansas, will study animal science and industry as well as pre-veterinary medicine at Kansas State University. She was sponsored by Mankato Livestock Inc.

·     Ryleigh Whitaker, Cisco, Texas, will attend Texas A&M University to study animal science/poultry science and agricultural communications and journalism. She was sponsored by Beeville Livestock Commission.

“The applications exceeded our expectations again this year,” LMA President Mark Barnett said. “Our industry has a bright future with young people like those that applied having an interest and desire to remain involved in agriculture.” 

For more information on the LMA Scholarship Program, visit or email

About the Livestock Marketing Association

The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is North America’s leading, national trade association dedicated to serving its members in the open and competitive auction method of marketing livestock. Founded in 1947, LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada and remains invested in both the livestock and livestock marketing industries through member support, education programs, policy representation and communication efforts.