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Livestock Legacy                                                                           The Midwest Cattleman · October 22, 2020 · P2

      Everett Forkner to be inducted into prestigious Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery

      By Reagan Brown

         As a student in the then-Col- to the livestock industry.” Only       “It’s the best decision I made,  that time. He is a family farmer
      lege of Agriculture at the Uni- one individual is selected to the  next to marrying my wife,” For- – Forkner Farms in Richards,
      versity of Missouri in the late  gallery each year.                   kner said.                        Mo., consists of a grain farm-
      ‘50s and early  ‘60s, Everett         Growing up on a farm in           Forkner said his involve- ing base of 1,700 acres, a swine
      Forkner was able to attend an  southwest Missouri, a young  ment in campus agricultural  breeding business known as
      international competition in  Everett Forkner was already  organizations,  in  particular  TRULINE® Genetics, and a
      Chicago as part of the Mizzou  working and studying hard. In  joining the livestock judging  premium pork production and
      livestock judging team.  There  fact, he and his cousin claimed  team, gave him the opportunity  marketing business known as
      he saw the Saddle & Sirloin  the top two spots in their grad- to travel and spend time with  Truline Premium Pork™. For-
      portrait  gallery  for  the first  uating class – of 12! However,  others in the livestock industry,  kner has sold TRULINE® Ge-
      time.                              not knowing too many people  thus learning from those indus- netics swine stock to 48 states
         “I was really impressed,”  who had graduated from more  try leaders.                                 and 25 foreign countries and is
      Forkner said of seeing the great  advanced studies, with the ex-        When  Forkner graduated  regularly asked to join trade
      line of portraits. “Never in my  ception of a few Extension per- from the University of Missou- missions to other countries,
      wildest imagination would I  sonnel, he was debating his  ri with his bachelor’s degree in  participating  in  two  to  three
      have ever thought that my por- path to pursue higher educa- 1961, CAFNR was just known  each year.
      trait could be hung with that  tion at the University of Mis- as the College of Agriculture at             He is no stranger to nota-
      group of people.”                  souri.                                                               ble  accomplishments  during
         In November, Forkner will                                                                            and after his CAFNR career.
      join those giants of the livestock                                                                      In 1969, Forkner was named
      industry, as the 2020 inductee                                                                          Missouri Livestock Person of
      to the gallery.                                                                                         the Year by the MU Block and
         Induction into the Saddle &                                                                          Bridle Club – only eight years
      Sirloin portrait gallery is an                                                                          after his graduation – and was
      honor full of history and tradi-                                                                        again chosen to receive this
      tion.  The portrait gallery was                                                                         honor in 2015. He was the first
      founded in 1903, originally es-                                                                         Animal Sciences alumnus at
      tablished in Chicago’s Union                                                                            the University of Missouri to
      Stock  Yards where the Inter-                                                                           receive a Column Award – the
      national Livestock Exposition                                                                           college’s highest honor. Forkner
      resided. In order to even be                                                                            has served as a CAFNR Execu-
      nominated, the individual must                                                                          tive-in-Residence. He provided
      have  “made truly significant
      and  outstanding  contributions          Forkner is pictured here with his family. Photo courtesy Everett Forkner.    continued on page 10
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