In the age of social media, facilitating the connection between producer and consumer is more accessible than ever. Casey Kinler, Communications Manager with the Animal Ag Alliance based out of Arlington, Virginia, is not only urging farmers to jump on board the social media craze but is also focusing on helping zealous educators develop their message.
“Now more than ever, it is really important for individual farmers and ranchers to be on social media,” Kinler said.
Although this may be foreign territory for some, she recommends beginning with only one platform such as Facebook because it offers the biggest reach of people
To take it one step further, the Ag Alliance also works with college students, hosting an online scholarship competition where the goal is to teach them how to effectively communicate about animal agriculture. They just celebrated their 10th anniversary of the competition, where over 430 individuals from more than 40 different states participated.
“It’s really important for farmers to get out there and share what they’re doing on their farm and make sure that people in their community know that they are a trusted source.”
Monterey County Farm Bureau and Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers offer scholarships to high school seniors and college students for the 2014 – 2015 academic year.
Students must have attended and graduated from a Monterey County or San Benito County High School and plan to attend or are attending a university or community college majoring in an Agricultural curriculum. Scholarship award amounts are dependent on the number of applications and amount of awards given.
Erica Bianchi is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from CC YF&R and $1,000 scholarship from American Ag Credit. Erica is a graduate of San Benito High School and attends California State University, Fresno majoring in AgriBusiness.
Jimmy Goudge is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from CC YF&R and a $1,000 scholarship from American Ag Credit. Jimmy is graduate of Anzar High School and attends Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Agricultural Systems Management.
Lauren Bellon is the recipient of a $1,250 scholarship from CC YF&R. Lauren is a graduate of Anzar High School and attends Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Agricultural Science.
Heidi Morisoli is the recipient of a $750 scholarship from MCFB. Heidi is a graduate of Salinas High School and plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Agricultural Science.
Cecilia Krogsgaard-Sanchez is the recipient of a $750 scholarship from MCFB. Cecilia is a graduate of Salinas High School and attends Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Animal Science.
Jorge (Ben) Gomez is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from MCFB. Ben is a graduate of Salinas High School and plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Ag Environmental Plant Science.
Karina Medrano is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from CC YF&R. Karina is a graduate of Salinas High School and plans to attend Cuesta College (Ag major undeclared).
Lauren Ivey is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from CC YF&R. Lauren is a graduate of Salinas High School and plans to attend Modesto Junior College majoring in Animal Science.
Justin Carroll is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from CC YF&R. Justin is a graduate of Salinas High School and plans to attend Modesto Junior College (Ag major undeclared).
Justin Massa is the recipient of a $250 scholarship from CC YF&R. Justin graduated from Soledad High School and plans to attend Hartnell College majoring in Food Safety.
MCFB and CC YF&R are pleased to award scholarships each year to deserving students who desire a career in food production or ranching.
Both organizations work hard to give back to the agricultural community through fundraisers, bar-b-ques and support of other agricultural non-profit organizations.
Source: The Fresno County Farm Bureau
Proteus offers academic scholarships
Proteus is now accepting applications for its Standard and William Maguy Scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.
The $500 Standard Scholarship is open to full-time college students or those planning to enroll as full-time students for the 2014-2015 school year, who are low-income status, farmworkers, dependent of a farmworker, or who have been served by a Proteus program in the past two years.
This scholarship program targets new or continuing students enrolled in two or four-year colleges, or accredited post -secondary institute.
The $1,000 William Maguy Scholarship is open to full-time students who have completed at least two years at a university or community college.
This scholarship will be given to a person who exemplifies the larger-than-life quality of Proteus’s former CEO, William Maguy, who focused on empowering and serving people.
Those interested in applying should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate their community involvement in organizations that serve others.
All applicants’ primary residence must be in, Kern, Kings, Fresno, or Tulare counties. The deadline to apply for the Standard Scholarship is April 2, 2014, and the deadline to apply for the William M. Maguy Scholarship is April 30, 2014.
For more information, or to download the application at http://www.proteusinc.org/.
Charles P. Lake Rain for Rent Scholarship now available
Twenty scholarships in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded to students to help them pursue a career in agriculture, engineering or construction management.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 18, and must be submitted to the Fresno County Farm Bureau, 1274 W. Hedges Ave., Fresno, 93728. To read/print the Charles P. Lake/Rain for Rent Scholarship Brochure, please visit, www.rainforrent.com/company/scholarship.aspx.
Scholarship applicants must have completed their freshman year at an approved college/university and must be currently enrolled for the next school year.
Junior college students who are registered as sophomores and fall within the requirements may apply.
Farm Grown scholarships available for 2014 high school graduates
The Gar and Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation Farm Grown scholarship applications are now available for graduating high school seniors.
The successful candidate will be awarded $1,000 each year and an honorable mention finalist will receive $500.
Candidates must be high school seniors graduating in 2014 who will pursue a degree in an agriculturally-related field.
Applicants must be in good standing and go to school in Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Merced, Madera, Mariposa or Kern counties.
For more information and to apply, click here. The deadline to apply is April 1.
Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship available
The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program awards California’s most promising students with scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.
This year, they will award more than $34,000 in scholarships to deserving California students.
College students and graduating high school seniors who exhibit academic excellence, leadership potential, civic engagement and a strong sense of personal commitment to continuing education are eligible to apply.
The deadline is March 7. For more information, or to apply, visit www.bigfun.org.
Central Valley Chapter California Women for Agriculture Scholarship available
The Central Valley CWA is pleased to announce the call for 2014 scholarship applications.
Scholarships are offered to high school and college students studying for careers in agriculture-related fields.
The applications must be received by mail on or before March 28, 2014. No hand-deliveries or email applications will be accepted.
For more information, or to download the application, click here.
San Joaquin Valley Quilters’ Guild Scholarships available
The San Joaquin Valley Quilters’ Guild is pleased to offer one $500 scholarships to students interested in fiber related arts.
Qualified applicants include those focusing on fiber as an art medium or those with skills in costume or clothing design or textiles and textile conservation.
High school seniors and college students may apply.
Preference will be given to students enrolled at least halftime in a Fresno County college or university.
Application, two recommendations and a photo of the applicant must be postmarked by April 1 to receive consideration for this year’s scholarship.
Email the 4-H program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for a scanned copy of the application.
Fresno-Kings County Cattlewomen’s Association Scholarship available
The Fresno-Kings County Cattlewomen’s (FKCCW) Association is offering a scholarship.
Applications and information are available online at http://www.fkccw.com/.
4-H Scholarships available
There are a number of scholarships available to 4-H members and alumni.
Visit http://ucanr.org/scholarships for more information about Fresno County 4-H, California 4-H or other scholarships.
The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships in the amount of $2500; available to students attending an agriculture-related program at a post-secondary educational institution in the United States during the 2014-2015 school year.
This scholarship opportunity is the result of a cooperative commitment between Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, Ag PhD, No-Till Farmer Magazine, Capello USA, PNC Bank, and RFD-TV; and intended to further the education of students who demonstrate the ability to clearly articulate the importance of responsible nutrient management not only for the future of the agricultural industry, but also for our culture as a whole.
Equipping the leaders of tomorrow with an understanding of the delicate balance between high-production agriculture and environmental stewardship will be critical as agriculture strives to more efficiently and sustainably produce food and fiber to feed and clothe the world. The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is committed to the future of agriculture and the youth who represent its leadership, and believe this scholarship will help bring bright students closer to their goal of a career in agriculture.
Deadline for application is May 31, 2014.