Farming is hard work. It always has been. No one understands that more than those giving their all, sunrise to sunset, cultivating the land. These days, farmers face a vast new set of challenges when it comes to meeting the demands of our world. Driven by new technologies and scientific advancements, farmers are meeting today’s demand, but are looking to the next generation for new ideas, enthusiasm and energy.
Every year, about 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. The agriculture industry needs talented, driven and passionate young people willing to make a commitment to agriculture, especially with a growing population and the subsequent need to feed an estimated 9 billion people by the year 2050. To help face this challenge, Monsanto launched a new scholarship program: America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders. In connection with the National FFA Scholarship program, Grow Ag Leaders provides rural students with the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship, to pursue agricultural education.
Agriculture is more than just farming—it’s thousands of careers in a variety of fields, including plant science, engineering, communications, finance, and much more—and the Grow Ag Leaders scholarship is available to students pursuing these and many other agricultural majors.
Monsanto recognizes and supports the critical role farmers play in the future of agriculture, so each Grow Ag Leaders applicant must have three farmers endorse his or her application. Eligible farmers can also help generate student interest in agricultural careers by spreading the word about this scholarship opportunity to eligible students in their communities and families. To learn more about the program and its eligibility requirements, visit www.GrowAgLeaders.com. The application process officially opens today, and it will remain open until February 1, 2014; farmer endorsements are due by February 8, 2014.
This new generation is capable of great things and there is no telling what their future holds. Let’s start by igniting a passion for agriculture through education, to help our farmers feed, clothe, and fuel our world. America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders will be there to lend a helping hand.