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USU Student Collects Ag Products for Texas

Herald Journal Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017

In what started out as a class project, a Utah State University student delivered nearly 25,000 pounds of supplies to a small Texas town still struggling with the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Hayden Mickelson, a marketing student, was tasked with developing a project that required 12 hours of service for his MHR 3800 class, but he quickly realized it was spiraling into something bigger than he ever imagined. “A few days after the idea, it was no longer about the school grade. It was about helping people,” Mickelson said. ... Sticking to his Lewiston roots, Mickelson used the cattle connections of his father, Marty, to begin collecting consumable supplies for the small town of Mont Belvieu that sits 30 miles East of Houston and is primarily an agriculture community. ... During his trip to Texas, Mickelson realized that many of the farmers and ranchers lost everything in their homes and barns. After returning to class at USU, he went to work on planning another trip, scheduled for the end of October. ... Continuing his partnership with FFA, Mickelson is reaching out to Utah and Idaho chapters to have them collect items to “give schools an opportunity to give back.”

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