College isn't cheap. Expenses could have stopped Melinda Sommer from going on to pursue a master's degree in Agriculture Economics, but thanks to the $2,500 Farmers Union Foundation Scholarship and a graduate assistantship, the Fairfax, Minn., farm girl can focus on furthering her education and not worry about sinking deeper into debt.
"This scholarship really helps me because I already have four years of college loans to pay back. It allows me to be more focused on my studies and not stress out about part-time jobs," said Sommer, who is on an accelerated track, and will earn her masters in Agriculture Economics within a year.
The Farmers Union Foundation Scholarship is designed to help retain talent in South Dakota to support South Dakota's agriculture industry. It is open to students from South Dakota, pursuing a graduate degree in research, animal science, agriculture business or agriculture education at an accredited South Dakota school.
South Dakota Farmers Union will host Raising the Best: Livestock Husbandry and Handling for Today's Market with Dr. Temple Grandin, on Tuesday, August 5 in Watertown during the 2014 Codington County 4-H Achievement Days.
The program will begin with Dr. Grandin at 10:30 a.m. CDT at the Codington County Extension Complex. Following Dr. Grandin's presentation, SDSU Extension livestock Specialists will lead a panel discussion on specific livestock husbandry practices and livestock handling equipment. The workshop will conclude at 12:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public.
Two South Dakota teens, Chris Nemec, Holabird and Dayton Trujillo, De Smet were elected by their peers to serve on the National Farmers Union Youth Advisory Council during the National Farmers Union's (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp, held in Bailey, Colo.
"We couldn't be more proud of Chris and Dayton. They have both been actively involved in South Dakota Farmers Union youth educational programs since before they were first graders. We have watched them grow into young leaders who have a heart for their community and the industry of agriculture," said Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union President.