Louisville, KY (December 3, 2012) – Farm Credit Mid-America, a $19 billion financial services cooperative serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, is committed to the future of agriculture. The cooperative will provide more than $125,000 in scholarship funding for youth pursuing an ag related education in the association’s four-state territory throughout 2013.
“The farming population is aging,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO, Farm Credit. “Fifty percent of farmers are less than ten years away from retirement. Providing the financial means for youth interested in furthering their agricultural knowledge is a solid way to protect the future of farming. As agriculture continues to grow and evolve we will do our part to help students continue to grow with the industry.”
“Often, a Farm Credit Mid-America scholarship is not just a scholarship,” said Sarah Ayer, a Western Kentucky University student and Farm Credit Scholarship recipient. “Although extra money to put toward my education was fantastic, I also quickly learned of the Farm Credit Internship Program. I applied for an intern position and the rest was history. The 12 weeks I spent with Farm Credit provided me with exposure to farming operations that were much different than what I was familiar with. The Farm Credit Scholarship partnered with my internship cultivated my interest in diverse farming operations – I no longer have a single definition for what farming is.”
Farm Credit is now taking applications for the Farm Credit Scholarship. This scholarship is available to Farm Credit Mid-America customers, children of customers, grandchildren of customers and spouses of customers. More information about the Farm Credit Scholarship and other scholarships sponsored by Farm Credit can be found at e-farmcredit.com. Applications for the Farm Credit Scholarship can be submitted online by clicking on “Community” then “Scholarships” then “Farm Credit Scholarship Program.” or, you can click this link to apply for the Farm Credit Scholarship right now. You can also contact your local Farm Credit Mid-America office to obtain an application at 1-800-444-FARM. Applications must be received by March 1, 2013
About Farm Credit Mid-America
Farm Credit Mid-America is an $19 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 92,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating loans,equipment loans, and housing loans. FCMA also provides an array of financial services, including crop insurance and leases. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-444-FARM or visit them on the web at www.e-farmcredit.com.