Grain scholarships available to Illinois college students

The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) has a few scholarship opportunities for college students in Illinois. Deadline to apply for scholarships listed below is Nov. 14, 2014. You can get more details about the scholarships in the video. Industry Immersion scholarship This $4,500 scholarship is available to sophomores or juniors at accredited Illinois… Read more »

NCGA, BASF scholarships available

Five scholarships for $1,000 each are available through a partnership between the National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2015-16 school year. Applications are due by Dec. 12, 2014. Applicants for the NCGA William C. Berg… Read more »

Missouri Pork offers internships

Missouri Pork Association has three internships for spring, summer and fall 2015. Deadline to apply is Nov. 3, 2014. Eligible students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, advisor’s consent and junior standing. Full details, and an application, are available at

SOY ag scholarship available

High school seniors have until Nov. 20, 2014, to apply for a $5,000 scholarships through Secure Optimal Yield (SOY). The one-time scholarship is available to students who plan to pursue an ag degree. The scholarship recipient must maintain academic success and be in good standing with the college or university. Full details – and an… Read more »

Another record for ag college enrollment at Iowa State

For the third consecutive year, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University has set a new enrollment record. The college’s fall semester enrollment is 5,205, which is 222 students more than the previous year.  Undergraduates total nearly 4,500.  The college’s undergrad enrollment has grown 25 percent since the fall of 2011… Read more »

Getting youth excited about agriculture

This morning DuPont executive vice-president Jim Borel took to the Red Gold stage in the DuPont Food Pavilion to talk about what the company is doing to actively engage the next generation of agriculturalists to find solutions to feed the growing world population. In the US, the company is very involved in 4-H and FFA. … Read more »

Nebraska farm kids eligible for scholarship contest

Nebraska farm kids can win a college savings plan scholarship of up to $2,500 by entering the fourth annual “NEST on the Farm” scholarship contest. NEST stands for Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, which administers Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans. The scholarship contest is open to children and teens ages seven to 13 who live on… Read more »

Swine Show success for Illinois siblings

The Caldwell family of Elmwood, Illinois took home a number of awards from the Junior National Swine Show at the World Pork Expo last week in Iowa.  Maddie Caldwell has competed at the Expo six of the seven years she’s been showing pigs and tells Brownfield it’s exciting to compete at this level, “This is… Read more »

Hot job market for ag college grads

The job market for ag college graduates is sizzling hot right now. “In terms of a prosperous career, right now, agriculture is king,” says Mike Gaul, director of career services at Iowa State University (ISU). Gaul says a whopping 98 percent of graduates from the ISU College of Ag and Life Sciences are finding jobs… Read more »

Iowa FFA president delivers final address

At last week’s state FFA convention in Ames, Josh Earll of Sibley delivered his final address as the 2013-14 president of the Iowa FFA Association. The title of his speech was “Playing Cards”. “My main message was it’s not the cards you’re dealt, it’s how you play them,” Earll says. “So essentially just saying that… Read more »