FFA names I-CAL students

The National FFA Organization has named the participants for this year’s International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program. The twelve students will spend two weeks studying agriculture in Japan. They will explore Japan’s agricultural infrastructure touring feed mills, open air feed and animal markets, livestock operations and food processing plants. The goal is to gain a better understanding of Japan and U.S. agriculture on a global scale.

The trip will be May 19th through the 31st.

Participants are:

  •  Maile Frelinger of Bakersfield, California
  •  Corinne Madison of Galt, California
  •  Courtney Leeper of Trenton, Missouri
  •  Dustin Stanton of Centralia, Missouri
  •  Theresa Fitzgerald of Boone, Iowa
  •  Delaney Howell of Columbus Junction, Iowa
  •  Kalli Webber of Mapleton, Iowa
  •  Alyssa Barrett of Wiggins, Mississippi
  •  Jade Halliburton of Hammond, Louisiana
  •  Lauren Schwab of Oxford, Ohio
  •  Matthew Wood of Cordova, Maryland
  •  Whitney Barnes of Kiel, Wisconsin

The International Collegiate and Agricultural Leadership Program is open to former FFA members, current collegiate FFA members, and members of the National FFA Alumni Association. Twelve students will be selected to participate in the I-CAL program each year.


Pork scholarship deadline fast approaching

PorkBeInspiredLogo_450The Ohio Pork Council has up to $9,000 in scholarships available this year.

Scholarships range from $500 to $1000 per individual.

Deadline to apply is April 18, 2014.

College students who are actively involved in the pork industry – or whose parents are involved – are encouraged to to apply. Children of pork industry employees, managers and contract growers are eligible. 

The Ohio Pork Council Women also offers $500 scholarships to college juniors or seniors.

For complete details, or to fill out an application, visit: ohiopork.org/pork-council-information.

May deadline for Illinois Corn internships

Illinois Corn is looking for social media and video interns this fall.

Deadline to apply is May 15, 2014.

Social Media Internship

Students will engage audiences on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and blogs to help non-farmers understand farming methods. The independent internship can be completed from any Illinois college campus, though students are required to travel to Bloomington twice.

Video Production Internship

Student videographers can script, shoot, edit and produce videos that teach farming methods to non-farmers. This intern is based in the Bloomington, Ill., office.

For complete details about both internships, or to apply, visit ILCorn.org.

Scholarships and internships for April and May 2014

Below are links to posts about scholarships available to ag students.


April 1

UPI member scholarships due

$1k scholarships available through AgStar

April 15

American Agri-Women Fly-In scholarships due

Syngenta scholarship essays due

National Dairy Shrine scholarship applications due

HotelsCheap.org scholarship applications due

April 18

Ohio Pork Council scholarship applications due

April 30

AICJA scholarship applications due


May 1

Some Angus scholarships due

May 15

Illinois Corn internship applications due

Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships available

Scholarships that honor pioneer women are available to farmers who need help paying for college.

The Jean Ibendahl Scholarship is available to eligible applicants ages 18-23. The Sister Thomas More Bertels fund is available to those 24 years and older. Both scholarships are $1,000 and availble through American Agri-Women.

To qualify:

  • Must be a farmer, rancher or be the wife, daughter or other close relative of a farmer, rancher or other person employed in agriculture.
  • There must be an economic or financial need.
  • Knowledge of or work experience in agriculture.
  • Grade Point Average or placement on tests are considered. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition for recognized courses in ag leadership, technology, communications, education, rural sociology, medicine or other courses directly related to agriculture and the needs in agricultural communities.

Applications are due June 1, 2014.

More details and applications are available at AmericanAgriwomen.org.

National Dairy Shrine scholarship applications due next month

The deadline to apply for National Dairy Shrine scholarships is April 15, 2014.

Scholarships include:

  • Two Kildee Graduate Scholarships at $3,000
  • One Kildee Undergraduate Scholarship at $1,500
  • Student Recognition Program (1st receives $2,000; 2nd $1,500; 3rd-7th $1,000)
  • Junior Merit Scholarship (1st receives $1,500; 2nd-4th $1,000)
  • Sophomore Merit Scholarship (1st receives $1,500; 2nd-4th $1,000)
  • Milk Marketing & Dairy Products Scholarship (1st receives $1,500; 2nd-5th $1,000)
  • Education & Communication Scholarship (1st receives $1,500; 2nd-5th $1,000)
  • Two NDS/IAGER scholarships at $1,000
  • Two Maurice E. Core Scholarships at $1,000
  • McCullough scholarships (1st gets $2,500; 2nd $1,500)
  • Seven Klussendorf/McKown Scholarships at $1,500

For complete details and applications, visit www.dairyshrine.org.


AAW scholarship available for annual Fly-In

Members of American Agri-Women have until April 15, 2014, to apply for a $500 scholarship.

The Gail McPherson Scholarship provides funds to help AAW members attend the annual Fly-In in Washington D.C. Up to three scholarships will be awarded. Members who attended past Fly-Ins are not eligible.

For complete details, or to fill out an application, visit AmericanAgriWomen.org.

Applications available for Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

asi logoGraduate students studying sheep and areas related to sheep are eligible to apply for a $1,500 scholarship through the American Sheep Industry’s Sheep Heritage Foundation.

Scholarship is available to students in the U.S. Students must:

  • be a graduate student involved in sheep and/or wool research in such areas as animal science, agriculture economics or veterinary medicine with proof of U.S. graduate school acceptance,
  • complete an application, and
  • present two letters of reference.

Applications are due June 1, 2014.

The application form can be downloaded at SheepUSA.org or obtained by contacting ASI, Attn: Memorial Scholarship, 9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360, Englewood, CO 80112, 303-771-3500 or email mary@sheepusa.org.

4-H Day at the Wisconsin State Capitol

850 4-H members and adults from all-across Wisconsin descended upon Madison on Wednesday for 4-H Day at the State Capitol. Chris Viau is 4-H Youth Development Educator in Wood County, he says the day was the kick-off to a celebration of 100 years of 4-H in Wisconsin.

“One of the cool things is that there are a number of legislators who are 4-H alumni,” he specifically mentioned Representative Amy Sue Vruwink, a Wood County 4-H alum who really fired the kids up.  After an orientation session, members spent time visiting with legislators to tell them more about 4-H and to thank them for their continued support of the program and U.W. Extension.

Viau says it was a day of wide-eyes and enthusiasm, the kind of day that reminds him why he does what he does.

AUDIO:Viau talks about the day 6:59 mp3


New faces at Wisconsin 4-H Foundation

Two new staff members with the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation: Brenda Lobdell Scheider is the new Director of Development. A University of Illinois graduate with a BS in ag communications, Scheider has directed communications, marketing and development programs for state and national non-profits for more than 25 years. Most recently she was director of development for Health First Wisconsin.

Lisa Buchanan is the new Administrative Manager at the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. She brings more than 20 years of administrative experience most recently as a nursing management assistant at U.W. Hospital and Clinics.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation provides essential funding for 4-H programs serving the nearly 350,000 youth members and almost 20,000 program volunteers in the Badger State.