On this page you will find ag-related programs and scholarships that are open to applicants. Know of any programs or scholarship opportunities that have ag roots? Send the details to Sonja at email@example.com.
FFA Legacy Club
Join the FFA "Legacy Club" and donate $1,000 over 1-4 (one to four) years. The first 200 donors will receive a Minnesota FFA Foundation commissioned giclee print by Bonnie Mohr. Donations will go to strengthen new and existing FFA chapters across Minnesota. In addition, you can participate in the fifth year of the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program, providing sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are just beginning their FFA Career. For more information, go to the Minnesota FFA Foundation Legacy Club homepage.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits. Stop in at your local NRCS office and inquire for more information.
Minnesota Soybean Applications
Minnesota Soybean has opportunities for developing the next generation of agricultural leaders. Applications are now available for Minnesota Soybean ambassadors and two summer intern positions. If you or someone you know is interested in cultivating their leadership skills and learning more about the soybean industry, encourage them to apply. More information and application materials are available at www.mnsoybean.org
The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority is offering a new microloan program intended for new or under-served borrowers with farm capital needs. The microloan program is a pilot program designed to assist farmers that have modest lending needs and may lack the experience and records typically required by other lenders. Participants in the microloan program can borrow up to $10,000 toward annual supplies such as feed, fertilizer, farm equipment and similar farm assets.
USDA's Rural Investment Program Applications
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Investment Program is developing a new investment fund – the Rural Business Investment Company – to allow innovative small businesses throughout rural America to access the capital they need to grow and create jobs. The fund will be managed by Advantage Capital Partners – which has pledged to invest nearly 150-million dollars into this new effort along with eight of its partners from Farm Credit institutions. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this new partnership will allow USDA to facilitate private investment in businesses working in bio-manufacturing, advanced energy production, local and regional food systems, improved farming technologies and other cutting-edge fields. Applications for funding will be accepted until July 29, 2014 and reviewed during Fiscal Year 2014.
ASA Young Leader Program Applications
The ASA DuPont Young Leader program offers the opportunity for participants to strengthen their natural leadership skills, expand their agricultural knowledge and develop strong peer relationships with other soybean growers from across the country. Applications are being accepted online now! Visit the ASA website for additional program information and to apply. Applications due August 1, 2014.
U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance - New Faces of Farming and Ranching
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) is looking for the new Faces of Farming & Ranching. To help put a real face on agriculture, later this year, USFRA will select standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement and who are actively involved in sharing those stories in public and on social media. Applicants must submit an online application and include a video no longer than three minutes that shows your operation and your role on the farm/ranch. Apply today! Applications are due August 10, 2014.