Carroll County Farm Bureau At a Glance: Feb. 8, 2017

The Carroll County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship applications are out. This year, the Foundation will be giving away $5,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors and college students pursuing ag degrees. Some years we get a lot (like 10) of applicants, and some we get very few (3-4). I think one of the reasons we get so few sometimes is students do not realize how many ag related careers are out there! They see ag and think production agriculture. There is so much more out there, though.

More than 200 careers are related to agriculture. Stop and think about the production agriculture. A farmer would not be able to do any of his job if he didn’t have the banker, the agronomist, the seed salesman, the implement dealer with its employees and the repair technician, the meteorologist, the trucker, the insurance man, etc. The list goes on and on. Once the farmer sells his product, think of the grocer, the merchandiser, the food processor, etc. Again, the list goes on and on. We need veterinarians, we need doctors in rural areas. Most of us have a job related to agriculture that we don’t even realize!

So parents, get those students filling out their applications. Also, make sure they fill them out completely. It never fails; we end up with a great application that is missing a key component.

The CCFB Board has decided this year to focus on priorities versus strategic planning. One of the areas of focus is getting more responses on Farm Bureau Action Requests. It is more crucial now than ever before that we voice our support or opposition on bills, rules, and regulations that are going to affect our industry.

Therefore the board has developed an incentive program. First off, we need more farmers signed up to take part in the request. We are offering an incentive to sign up, along with an incentive to respond to requests, report requests, and lastly at the end of the year a drawing for a drone if all action requests are responded to along with reported. Letters were mailed to voting members with information. If you did not get one and are interested in more information, contact our office.

The Whiteside County Farm Bureau is looking for up to 4 summer interns this summer to work with their Ag in the Classroom program. It is open to graduating seniors and current college students. Additional information can be found on the Whiteside County Farm Bureau Foundation’s website at http://www.wcfbfoundation.org/summer-internship.html.

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