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Oct 11, 2012

DelVal student, FFA member recognized at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition

Above: DelVal sophomore Melissa Long being awarded a Pennsylvania Livestock Association scholarship.

DelVal sophomore Melissa Long was one of four Pennsylvania 4-H and FFA students who were awarded scholarships from the Pennsylvania Livestock Association during the 56th Keystone International Livestock Exposition Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

Agriculture Secretary George Greig and livestock association member Mike Firestine presented the $250 scholarships to outstanding recipients, who were nominated by county extension staff and agricultural science teachers. Melissa was one of two FFA winners.

She is studying animal science with a specialization in livestock science and management, and plans to add a minor in agriculture business. She has become involved in Collegiate FFA, Dairy Society, Block and Bridle, and Sigma Alpha sorority. Upon graduation, she plans to operate a contracted hog farm or work for an agribusiness.

Melissa is the daughter of Mike and Tammy Long of Annville, Lebanon County, where she helps run a 3,500-head commercial hog operation. A four-year veteran of the Northern Lebanon High School FFA, she held the vice-president and parliamentarian offices and earned the Chapter Star Greenhand and Chapter Star Farmer awards.

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, featuring more than 3,500 animals, including beef cattle, horses, sheep and pigs. The expo ran through Oct. 7. For more information, visit www.keystoneinternational.state.pa.us