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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
S.D. Leopold Convservation Award Application
Applications are now being accepted for the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. Deadline is March 7, 2014. If you, or someone you know, is a South Dakota landowner who is committed to land management practices that increase conservation, we invite your application for the Leopold Conservation Award. With each application, people are encouraged to include supporting materials such as news articles, photos, maps, or any resources that would assist the panel in reviewing your application. For the full application, go to the Leopold Conservation Award website
CHS Foundation Applications
High school and two-year college students are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the CHS Foundation, the major giving entity of CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. The application deadline for scholarships is March 15, 2014. An independent, external committee will select scholarship recipients based on essays, transcripts and reference letters. The CHS Foundation also offers four-year university scholarships for students currently working toward an agricultural-related degree. Application deadlines vary for each participating university. Find more details at the CHS Foundation website.
Farm Rescue Planting Applications
Farm Rescue is now accepting planting applications (and nominations) from farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. This is a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster. Applications can be obtained at the Farm Rescue website with priority given to applications received by April 1, 2014.
Century Farm Applications
Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2014 Century Farms Program. Family farms are recognized as Century Farms when they meet three requirements. The farm must be: 1) at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; 2) in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required); and 3) at least 50 acres. Applications are available at www.fbmn.org. Submissions are due April 1, 2014
Sesquicentennial Farm Applications
Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 150 years or more may apply for the 2014 Sesquicentennial Farm Program. Family farms are recognized as Century Farms when they meet three requirements. The farm must be: 1) at least 150 years old according to authentic land records; 2) in continuous family ownership for at least 150 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required); and 3) at least 50 acres. Applications are available at www.fbmn.org. Submissions are due April 1, 2014
Farmers Grow Rural Education
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program is gearing up again to help rural school districts. The program, in its third year and sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is investing over $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education in rural communities. Between now and April 6, 2014, farmers can nominate their local public school district to compete for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. Administrators from nominated school districts can then submit grant applications for either amount, through April 21, 2014, to enhance their math and/or science programs.
Nobles County Agribusiness Scholarship
The Agribusiness Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association and Nobles County Farm Bureau to present two $1,000.00 scholarships. The objective is to create scholarships for high school graduates entering college in an agricultural related field. Any high school graduate can apply for the scholarships that fulfill the following: 2014 graduating senior; Nobles County resident; Attending any two or four year college for an agriculture or bio-science related field of study. Applications are due April 28th and can be found here (page1) and (page2)
Specialty Crop Grant Proposals
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant proposals for specialty crop research and development, which are defined by the USDA as , vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Non-profits, government agencies, universities and other organizations involved in Minnesota agriculture are encouraged to apply for funding to support new and on-going innovative research. MDA is seeking proposals spanning up to three years and ranging from $10,000 - $100,000. Applications are due April 30, 2014 and can be found online at the MDA website.
Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. This award goes to farmers who have taken voluntary actions to improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state. Farmers that are nominated should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farm and adopted best management practices throughout their farming operation. Farm owners and operators are welcome to apply. Nominations are due by June 15, 2014 and can be found at the Iowa Agriculture website.