The education foundation of the New England Farmers Union is offering a $500 scholarship to a student who will study agriculture at a 2-year or 4-year accredited institution. The scholarship enables Farmers Union to develop the next generation of farmer leaders who will succeed in agriculture and advocate for family farmers.

 

“As part of our mission to support beginning farmers and to ensure future generations continue to pursue this rewarding field, New England Farmers Union Education Foundation established this scholarship,” said Kate Snyder, director of membership and programs. “We look forward to having a robust group of applicants from across the region.”

Farmers Union is a member-driven organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for family farmers, fishermen, nurserymen and their customers through educational opportunities, co-operative endeavors and civic engagement. It was founded in 2006 as a charter member of the National Farmers Union (NFU), an agricultural advocacy organization founded in 1902 and based in Washington, D.C.

Each applicant must be a Farmers Union member, or the child of a member, to qualify. Information about the scholarship, including the application, which is due April 15, 2015, is at www.newenglandfarmersunion.org/scholarship. The winner will be announced July 31. Other Farmers Union education initiatives include sending members each year to NFU’s College Conference on Co-operatives, Beginning Farmer Institute, Legislative Fly-Ins to Washington, D.C., and Women’s Conference.

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