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Perkins awarded America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship

Jason Perkins, of Lagrange, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Perkins is studying agricultural economics at Purdue University and plans to return to the family farm after graduating.

“I have been interested in farming ever since I can remember,” said Perkins. “I have grown up on a crop and dairy farm and it spurred my interest right away. I am excited to learn more about ag economics during my college career because I feel that it is very applicable to the current situation in the industry.”

The future of agriculture relies on talented young people like Perkins to fill thousands of jobs in a variety of fields, such as plant science, engineering, communications, finance and more. Grow Ag Leaders encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides scholarships to support their education.

Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in ag-related fields. To be considered, each applicant is required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. Thanks in part to Indiana farmers, who participated in the successful six-state pilot launch in 2014, the program was expanded across the country. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students this year. For more information, visit GrowAgLeaders.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown.