Rocky Mountain Ag Briefs 3-12-12
March 13, 2012
Students who will be a college junior or senior in the fall of 2012 are eligible to apply for a $1000 scholarship. The scholarship is offered by the Weld County CattleWomen. Qualifications include being a Weld County resident, attending a college or trade school and having a minimum GPA of 2.5. Two letters of reference and a brief biographical statement including work history, community involvement, college activities, future goals and a brief statement on “How I could positively influence the beef industry with my chosen major” must be submitted.
To apply for the scholarship, send a completed application to Sallie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15. Winners will be announced in May.
If you missed the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture on February 23, 2012 you can still listen to the programs. Most of the sessions are available online.
To listen, go to http://www.colorado.gov/ag/forum.
The week of April 26-May 6 has been deemed Soil and Water Stewardship Week in Colorado by Governor John Hickenlooper. The West Greeley Conservation District, the National Association of Conservation Districts and Conservation Districts across Colorado have joined in this effort. The theme of this Stewardship week is “Soil to Spoon,” because soil is the foundation of all of the food we eat. Education, outreach and awareness activities will take place throughout the week.
For more information, please go to http://www.wgcd.org or call (970) 356-8097 ext. 3.
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The USDA and American Legion are joining forces to help veterans and transitioning service members find careers in agriculture. Around 6.1 million veterans live in rural communities. The American Legion will promote USDA vacancies and share information about activities in newsletters. The USDA will provide information on programs that it sponsors to help service members who want to start their own business find the resources that they need.
For more information about the program, go to http://www.usda.gov.