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Farm Bureau awards $31,000 in scholarships to local ag students


July 11, 2013
Twenty San Diego County agriculture students were recently awarded scholarships from the San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program. The total amount awarded grows every year, thanks to contributions of private donors and business-supporting members of Farm Bureau. This year, the San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee awarded $31,000 in varying amounts to 20 recipients.

One of the award recipients was Nicholas Stehly of Valley Center. Stehly is a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture-Environmental Science with a concentration n Fruit Science. He plans to go into agriculture management when he graduates.

"The committee was very impressed with the quality of the applicants this year," said SDCFB Scholarship Chair Janet Silva Kister. "With 28 students preparing for careers ranging from organic farming to ag communications, we wished we could have given awards to all of them. One thing we are sure of is that the future of farming in San Diego County will be in good hands!"

The San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program began in 1999, with the primary source of scholarship funds coming from private donations and named scholarship awards. The balance is raised from Farm Bureau's annual fall Scholarship Golf Tournament.

San Diego County Farm Bureau is a nonprofit trade organization with more than 7,000 members. It has operated since 1914 with the mission to represent San Diego County Farmers.

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