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Kaelyn Wright of Moneta honored in Top 25 Millennials on the Move

The Bedford County Office of Economic was proud to nominate a local young farmer for the region’s top ‘Millennials on the Move’.

At just 23 years old, Kaelyn Wright, a 4th generation cattle farmer in Moneta, was selected in the top 25 millennial professionals in the region at an awards ceremony held at the Glass House in Lynchburg on August 1. Lynchburg Business Magazine hosted the Millennials on the Move event which celebrated the region’s top up-and-coming young professionals. The organizers recognized Wright for the outstanding work she is doing managing her businesses, Wright Bros. Fencing and Wright’s Bovine Reproductive Services, and for her community involvement, including the work she does teaching young people in FFA and other organizations.

Wright took over her family business, Wright Bros. Fencing and also pursued her certification in Artificial Insemination, Pregnancy Checking, and Herd Management before starting her own breeding business in Bedford County, Wright’s Bovine Reproductive Services. Through her management, the businesses continue to grow and she has presented to others at numerous events about farm management, quality fencing, or reproductive services on herds. She is also passionate about helping young people find quality careers in agriculture to help sustain the local community and she is involved in leading the youth group at her local church.


SRHS grad signs LOI to judge livestock at Northern Oklahoma College

Moneta, VA – Ethan Jackson, a graduate of Staunton River High School, will sign a letter of intent committing to judge livestock at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma at the Staunton River High School Library, May 17, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Ethan is a member of the Bedford 4-H Livestock Club and the Smith Mountain FFA Chapter at Staunton River High School and has had a decorated career in both organizations achieving the highest honors possible in both.

Ethan is currently serving as the Virginia FFA State President and has also had many successes in Livestock Judging, including representing Virginia at the National FFA and National 4-H Livestock Judging Contests and being named an All American at the 2018 National 4-H Contest. This summer, Ethan will be representing the United States in international competition in Scotland and Ireland.

“Ethan is the first student from our county to earn a scholarship to judge livestock at the collegiate level. This achievement is a result of years of hard work. He is an example to students that there are opportunities to build a future for yourself in 4-H and FFA” explained Bedford 4-H Livestock Judging Coach Joy Powers.

Ethan will be accompanied by his family, teammates, coaches and fellow 4-H and FFA members at his signing.

Staunton River High School, Bedford County 4-H and the Smith Mountain FFA Chapter congratulates Ethan on his accomplishments and wish him continued success at Northern Oklahoma College this fall.