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Ag Legacy Sale Tops $32,500 for WIU's Animal Science Curriculum

April 23, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture hosted its annual online Ag Legacy Sale Tuesday, April 16. This year's event had 134 lots up for sale, bringing in $32,547 for the University's animal science curriculum.

This was the fifth sale the School of Agriculture has hosted and the total raised for the program over that time is $194,000.

Each year, the program is organized by the WIU livestock merchandising class, taught by Associate Professor of Agriculture Mark Hoge.

"This year I had the honor and privilege to help plan and execute the fifth annual WIU Livestock Legacy Sale," said Anna Shupe, a junior agriculture major from Ursa, IL. "Throughout this process, I have gained valuable communication and business skills that will help me in my future career as an agriculture educator. I helped organize donor lists, make phone calls to donors, send save the date postcards to past buyers, collect auction items, organize the online sale and facilitate with buyers after the sale was over. My fellow classmates and myself in our livestock merchandising class made multiple phone calls to past donors and prepare items for upcoming sales."

All of the ag-related items sold at the auction were donated to the program.

For more information about the program, email Hoge at

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