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At right, District 135 Rep. Beth Camp and ninth grader Miley Dysart earned first place in the 2022 Legislative Livestock Show at the Georgia National Fair.

Local legislator, student Miley Dysart win championship

A local Ninth Grade Academy student and District 135 Rep. Beth Camp, both of Pike County, earned the championship win at the 2022 Legislative Livestock Show at the Georgia National Fair. 

Miley Dysart of the Pike County FFA chapter was one of five Georgia FFA members selected to participate in the Legislative Livestock Show. Miley was partnered with Rep. Beth Camp and she had the opportunity to teach her state representative how to raise and exhibit a market hog. 

Each year at the Georgia National Fair, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) hosts the Legislative Livestock Show. This show is a partnership between GDA, theGeorgia National Fair, the Georgia General Assembly and Georgia’s 4-H and FFA programs. This show allows junior livestock exhibitors to engage with policy makers and help share the value of the junior livestock program and agricultural education in Georgia.

The Legislative Livestock Show is a friendly competition between the respective chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committees, Representative Robert Dickey (R-Musella) and Senator Larry Walker (R-Perry). The participating members of the General Assembly were invited by the chairmen to join 4-H and FFA members in the ring to show this year’s animal of choice, market swine.

The Georgia FFA Association asked five members from across the state to participate in coaching Georgia’s lawmakers. These members included Miley Dysart from Pike County, Ayden Wilharm from Effingham County, Kenna Corbett from Echols County, Ian Heath from Madison County and Chandler Lampp from Jackson Empower. The legislators paired with these members include Senator Billy Hickman (R-Statesboro), Representative John LaHood (R-Valdosta), Representative Beth Camp (R-Rincon), Senator Sonya Halpern (D-Atlanta) and Representative Terry England (R-Auburn).

“While the legislators might have been competing to display their show skills and knowledge learned from the students, the real winners were all of the participants who were able to show off the importance of Georgia’s #1 Industry, Agriculture,” said FFA communications specialist Katibeth Wise. 

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