What is America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders?
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, partners with farmers to award rural youth $1,500 scholarships to support their studies in ag-related fields after high school. Farmers play a fundamental role in Grow Ag Leaders by promoting the opportunity to local students and endorsing applications. This year, more than a half-million dollars in scholarships were awarded to students across the country. Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are available in a variety of fields including: farming, agronomy, education, science, technology, business, communications and more.
Grow Ag Leaders is a partnership with the Monsanto Fund and the National FFA Organization, who administers the scholarship program, students do not have to be FFA members to apply. The application is open from November 15 through February 1. The program is available in 1,331 eligible counties across 41 states.
Who is eligible to apply for a Grow Ag Leaders scholarship?
To be eligible for any scholarship administered through the National FFA Scholarship program, students must meet the FFA-published criteria for eligibility. Applicants for the Grow Ag Leaders scholarship do not need to be FFA members. To be eligible for a Grow Ag Leaders scholarship, a student must also meet the following criteria:
Not Eligible to Participate – The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the program: (i) officers, directors, and employees of Monsanto Fund (the “Sponsor”), or of any of its representatives or advertising/promotion agencies; (ii) officers, directors and employees, of Monsanto Company, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates; (iii) spouses or domestic partners of any of the officers, directors or employees listed in (i) or (ii), above; (iv) officers, directors and employees of any seed dealers; and (v) spouses or domestic partners of any of the officers, directors or employees listed in (iv), above.
How does a student apply for a Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship?
Students apply online at FFA.org/scholarships between November 15, 2016, and February 1, 2017. Each student will be given a unique application ID number when he or she starts an application, which they will provide to the farmers who endorse them, along with directions to the Farmer’s Endorsement Database. Farmers will visit the Farmer’s Endorsement Database at FFA.org/scholarships or call 1-877-267-3332 by February 1, 2017, to endorse a student. No purchase is necessary to apply or win.
How are the recipients chosen?
The winning applications are selected by the National FFA Organization as articulated on its website, FFA.org/scholarships.
Why are students required to obtain endorsements?
Because farmers are crucial to agriculture, we are asking them to help us cultivate the next generation of leaders by endorsing students whom they believe will contribute to the future success of the industry.
Who can endorse a student?
Farmers who live or farm in an eligible county can endorse a student. See below for a listing of all 1,331 eligible counties. No purchase is necessary to endorse a student, and the farmer does not have to purchase Monsanto Company products. Farmers must be 21 years or older and be actively engaged in farming. A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs farming work, or hires and actively manages others who do so on a full- or part-time basis.
Can farmers endorse a family member?
Yes, the Monsanto Fund cares about farmers and their families, and encourages farmers to endorse their children and other family members.
How does a farmer endorse a student?
If approached by a student for an endorsement, a farmer must visit FFA.org/scholarships or call 1-877-267-3332 by February 1, 2017, to submit his/her endorsement. The farmer must have the student application ID number to endorse a student. Once the endorsement has been submitted, both the farmer and student will receive an email confirmation.
What information does a farmer need to provide to endorse a student?
Farmers will be required to provide the application ID number of the student they wish to endorse, as well as their own name, address and phone number. Farmers will not be asked or expected to give other information or details about the student; simply calling or going online to enter an endorsement with the appropriate application ID number and providing the information requested is sufficient.
Does the student have to live in the same county as the farmer endorsing the student?
No, the student and farmer do not need to live in the same county. The student’s permanent address must be in an eligible county. The farmer must live or farm in an eligible county.
How many students can a farmer endorse?
Farmers are asked to endorse no more than three students.
Why can only farmers endorse students?
The America’s Farmers programs are committed to recognizing and empowering farmers, and the Monsanto Fund is dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers live and work.
Why is the Monsanto Fund sponsoring this program?
Like today’s farmers, we are committed to helping the next generation remain engaged in agriculture. We understand the importance of education, and that today’s students will be tomorrow’s agricultural leaders.
How many scholarships will be awarded?
Assuming sufficient eligible entries, 352 scholarships will be awarded among students in the eligible counties.
Why is the Monsanto Fund supporting the National FFA Organization?
The Monsanto Fund is a proud supporter of the National FFA Organization, and we are thrilled to expand that relationship through the Monsanto Fund’s support of the Grow Ag Leaders scholarship program. FFA is one of the most recognized youth organizations in rural America, and it plays a major role in shaping the future leaders of agriculture. Nearly 2,000 sponsored scholarships are awarded yearly through the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship program. By applying through their scholarship program, students have exposure to a wide variety of different scholarship opportunities. Please see FFA.org/scholarships for full details.
Is FFA membership required?
No. Any eligible student may apply for the Grow Ag Leaders scholarship. Students do not have to be FFA members.
Why are scholarships only being given to students intending to pursue careers in agriculture?
With a growing population and the subsequent need to feed an estimated 9-10 billion people by the year 2050, the agriculture industry needs talented, driven and passionate youth willing to make a commitment to agriculture.
Are seed or retail dealers and their relatives eligible to participate?
This program is designed for students and farmers only. Dealers and their relatives can play a part in the program by encouraging students and farmers to participate.
How did you choose these counties?
The 1,331 eligible counties were selected based on crop parameters from the January 2015 USDA report. The eligible counties are those where a minimum of 30,000 acres of corn and/or soybeans and/or cotton and/or vegetables (defined as one or more of the following: peppers; tomatoes; onions; broccoli; cucumbers; melons; watermelons; spinach; squash; pumpkins; sweet corn; lettuce; peas; and garden beans) are planted each year.
What is the difference between America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, America’s Farmers Grow Communities and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education?
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders gives students pursuing ag-related degrees the opportunity to apply for a $1,500 college scholarship. The National FFA Organization administers the program, but students do not have to be FFA members to apply. The application period is November 15 through February 1 each year.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct toward their favorite community non-profit. The enrollment period runs from August 1 through November 30 every year.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education works with farmers to nominate rural public school districts to compete for grants of $10,000 or $25,000. The nomination period runs from January 1 through April 1 every year.
2017 Eligible Counties
ALABAMA COUNTIES: Baldwin, Cherokee, Coffee, Colbert, Dallas, DeKalb, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone and Madison.
ARIZONA COUNTIES: Cochise, Maricopa, Pinal and Yuma.
ARKANSAS COUNTIES: Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saint Francis, White and Woodruff.
CALIFORNIA COUNTIES: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare and Yolo.
COLORADO COUNTIES: Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Prowers, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma.
DELAWARE COUNTIES: Kent, New Castle and Sussex.
FLORIDA COUNTIES: Escambia, Jackson and Palm Beach.
GEORGIA COUNTIES: Appling, Baker, Berrien, Bleckley, Brooks, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dooly, Early, Grady, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Screven, Seminole, Sumter, Tattnall, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth.
IDAHO COUNTIES: Canyon, Elmore, Gooding, Jerome, Latah, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Owyhee and Twin Falls.
ILLINOIS COUNTIES: Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Massac, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Winnebago and Woodford.
INDIANA COUNTIES: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Decatur, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Fayette, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jackson, Jasper, Jay, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Kosciusko, La Porte, LaGrange, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, Marshall, Martin, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Orange, Owen, Parke, Pike, Porter, Posey, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Union, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Warrick, Washington, Wayne, Wells, White and Whitley.
IOWA COUNTIES: Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, O’Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Scott, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth and Wright.
KANSAS COUNTIES: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Decatur, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Greenwood, Harvey, Haskell, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Johnson, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Linn, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Miami, Mitchell, Montgomery, Morris, Morton, Nemaha, Neosho, Norton, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Rawlins, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Rooks, Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner, Thomas, Wabaunsee, Wallace, Washington, Wichita, Wilson and Woodson.
KENTUCKY COUNTIES: Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Larue, Livingston, Logan, Marion, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Meade, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Ohio, Shelby, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren and Webster.
LOUISIANA PARISHES: Acadia, Avoyelles, Caddo, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Richland, Saint Landry, Tensas and West Carroll.
MARYLAND COUNTIES: Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester.
MICHIGAN COUNTIES: Allegan, Arenac, Barry, Bay, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Mecosta, Midland, Monroe, Montcalm, Newaygo, Ottawa, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Tuscola, Van Buren and Washtenaw.
MINNESOTA COUNTIES: Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright and Yellow Medicine.
MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES: Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, Noxubee, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo.
MISSOURI COUNTIES: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barton, Bates, Benton, Bollinger, Boone, Buchanan, Butler, Caldwell, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cooper, Dade, Daviess, DeKalb, Dunklin, Franklin, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Knox, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Mercer, Mississippi, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Nodaway, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Platte, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Sullivan, Vernon, Warren and Worth.
MONTANA COUNTIES: Daniels, Liberty, McCone, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Toole and Valley.
NEBRASKA COUNTIES: Adams, Antelope, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Chase, Cheyenne, Clay, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dawson, Deuel, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Dundy, Fillmore, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garden, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Kearney, Keith, Kimball, Knox, Lancaster, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Merrick, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Platte, Polk, Red Willow, Richardson, Rock, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Valley, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler and York.
NEW JERSEY COUNTIES: Burlington and Salem.
NEW MEXICO COUNTIES: Hidalgo, Lea, San Juan and Union.
NEW YORK COUNTIES: Cayuga, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Washington, Wayne and Wyoming.
NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Iredell, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Tyrrell, Union, Washington, Wayne, Wilson and Yadkin.
NORTH DAKOTA COUNTIES: Adams, Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Burleigh, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, La Moure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Stark, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells and Williams.
OHIO COUNTIES: Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Morrow, Muskingum, Ottawa, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Warren, Wayne, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.
OKLAHOMA COUNTIES: Cimarron, Garfield, Grant, Jackson, Kay, LeFlore, Noble, Ottawa, Texas, Tillman and Wagoner and Washita.
OREGON COUNTIES: Malheur, Morrow and Umatilla.
PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mercer, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Westmoreland and York.
SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTIES: Allendale, Calhoun, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Hampton, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg.
SOUTH DAKOTA COUNTIES: Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Corson, Davison, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Sully, Tripp, Turner, Union, Walworth and Yankton.
TENNESSEE COUNTIES: Carroll, Coffee, Crockett, Dyer, Fayette, Franklin, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lincoln, Madison, McNairy, Montgomery, Obion, Robertson, Shelby, Tipton and Weakley.
TEXAS COUNTIES: Andrews, Bailey, Bee, Bell, Borden, Brazori, Briscoe, Burleson, Calhoun, Cameron, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collin, Collingsworth, Concho, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Ellis, Falls, Fannin, Fisher, Floyd, Fort Bend, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Haskell, Hidalgo, Hill, Hockley, Howard, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jim Wells, Jones, Kleberg, Knox, Lamar, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Matagorda, McLennan, Medina, Midland, Milam, Mitchell, Moore, Motley, Navarro, Nolan, Nueces, Ochiltree, Parmer, Reagan, Refugio, Runnels, San Patricio, Scurry, Sherman, Swisher, Terry, Tom Green, Uvalde, Victoria, Wharton, Wilbarger, Willacy, Williamson and Yoakum.
UTAH COUNTIES: Box Elder.
VERMONT COUNTIES: Franklin.
VIRGINIA COUNTIES: Accomack, Caroline, Chesapeake City, Essex, Hanover, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, King William, Northampton, Northumberland, Rockingham, Southampton, Suffolk City, Sussex and Westmoreland.
WASHINGTON COUNTIES: Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant, Spokane, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima.
WISCONSIN COUNTIES: Adams, Barron, Brown, Buffalo, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Dunn, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Monroe, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Rusk, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood.
WYOMING COUNTIES: Goshen.