Burke rodeo honored by farm machinery company for community efforts



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AGCO Corporation presented its annual Sowing Good Deeds award for 2021 to the Burke Stampede Rodeo committee. The award recognizes the charitable service, civic engagement and educational activities of the committee in the community of Burke.

It was featured at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada. As part of the award, the Burke Stampede Rodeo receives a new Massey Ferguson 4700 Series tractor from Butte Implement Company of Butte, Nebraska.

The Sowing Good Deeds program was created five years ago with the goal of showcasing PRCA rodeo committees that go beyond their charitable efforts, by positively impacting their local farming communities.

The competition is open to committees in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, and each year the company receives nominations from across the country. Participants are assessed on their commitment to community engagement, their entrepreneurial spirit and their ability to adapt to challenges and overcome adversity. Five finalists are announced at the end of October, the winner being recognized at the opening of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.


Fans prepare for the Burke Stampede Rodeo on July 17, 2021 at the Burke Rodeo Grounds.  (Matt Gade / Republic)

Fans prepare for the Burke Stampede Rodeo on July 17, 2021 at the Burke Rodeo Grounds. (Matt Gade / Republic)

For over 30 years, the Burke Stampede Rodeo Committee has strived to engage community members in the sport of rodeo. In addition to the PRCA sanctioned event, the group hosts several rodeos, including a high school, 4-H and junior rodeo, as well as a 4-H horse show and several game nights for kids ages 2 to 14. . These events serve hundreds of local youth and their families, providing a safe, family-friendly environment for participation and education.

Members of the Burke Stampede Rodeo committee are actively involved in community improvement initiatives, including launching the first FFA Chapter in Gregory County and raising over $ 8,500 for supplies, uniforms and participation in the conference. Members of the group also run a ranch-to-school program that donates local beef for service in school cafeterias.

Additionally, Burke is still recovering from a tornado that swept through the city in August 2019, damaging homes, businesses and community structures, including the local school. Members of the rodeo committee led the effort through the Burke Long-Term Recovery Group, which raised and allocated $ 340,000.

“We are thrilled to be named the winners of Sowing Good Deeds in 2021,” said Billie Sutton, President of the Burke Riding Club, in an announcement. “We are a small organization that strives to make a big impact in our community, working hard to provide the best possible rodeo experience for the youth and families in our area. To be recognized for these efforts and to receive equipment from Massey Ferguson to help us achieve our goals is a big deal. We are truly honored.

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