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Teddy Donated Speaking Fee to Fund Special 4-H Contest at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. – Two Louisiana 4-H’ers were recognized for their winning submissions in a grazing management essay contest sponsored by the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council. The awards were presented during a luncheon on Jan. 11 at the American Forage and Grassland Council annual conference.

Westin Cobb, of Livingston Parish, was named first-place winner, and Kailey Bailey, of Beauregard Parish, placed second. Cobb was awarded a cash prize of $200, and the Livingston Parish 4-H program received $450. Bailey received a $100 cash prize, and the Beauregard Parish 4-H program received $250.

The funds for the award came from Teddy Gentry, a member of the country band Alabama. Gentry owns Bent Tree Farm near Fort Payne, Alabama, which focuses on raising grass-fed beef and where he developed the South Poll breed of cattle.

Gentry, who participated in 4-H and FFA in his youth, gave his $1,000 speaker fee to fund the special contest.