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Cattle producers and buyers attending the Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) cattle sale at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction Friday witnessed the presentation of college scholarships to students majoring in agriculture. 

NETBIO awards these scholarships each year to young college students from the Northeast Texas area that are interested in completing their degrees and returning to the area to practice their agriculture-related trades. 

The scholarships were established in honor of Veterinarian J. D. Norris and cattleman Jim Jacobs, both of whom were instrumental in organizing NETBIO. The organization also awards scholarships in honor of its retired and longtime CEO Dwyatt Bell 

NETBIO CEO Kregg Slakey presented nine scholarships and introduced the recipients to the livestock sale audience. Receiving the two Dwyatt Bell scholarships were Brook Jester of Bivins, TX, who is attending Stephen F. Austin, $1,500, and Ashlynn Sanders of Leesburg, TX, who is attending TAMU-C, $500.

Receiving the four J.D. Norris scholarships were Ashlie Thompson of Lindale, Texas Tech undergrad, $1,500; Hunter Grant of Pittsburg, TX, a TAMU undergrad, $1,500; Ty Salisbury of Wills Point, TX, TAMU undergrad, $1,000, and Kailey Clarke of Bullard, TX, TAMU undergrad, $1,000.

Receiving the three Jim Jacobs NETBIO scholarships were Makenzie Newton of New Boston, TX, TAMU 1st year masters, $1,500; Macie McCollum of Bellevue, TX, TAMU junior, $1,500, and Claire McCracken of Mt. Pleasant, TAMU junior.

Speaking for the membership, Slakey said NETBIO members are proud of the young people seeking agriculture degrees and glad that through these scholarships NETBIO member/producers can help them attain their dream.

NETBIO was organized in 1996 to promote pre-conditioned stocker and feeder calf production and to hold sales offering producers the opportunity to sell their cattle in truckload lots. Eight sales are held each year in Sulphur Springs.

To receive a brochure and additional information about the organization and upcoming sales, call 903-885-2455.


Three of the nine 2022 Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) college scholarship recipients were at the NETBIO cattle sale Friday to receive their awards.Presenting the awards was Kregg Slakey,left. Receiving the scholarships, from left, are Makenzie Newton of New Boston, Brook Jester of Bivins, and Ashlyn Sanders of Leesburg.

2022 NETBIO scholarship winners
2022 NETBIO scholarship winners

Author: Matt Janson

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