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Farm Credit offering $1,000 college agriculture scholarships

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[December 23, 2011]  Each year more than $20,000 in scholarship funds is awarded to college-bound high school seniors who are pursuing agriculture-related curriculum and careers. In 2012, Farm Credit Services of Illinois plans to present 25 agriculture scholarships worth $1,000 each to current high school seniors.

"Farm Credit is proud to invest in young people who have a passion for agriculture. We need some of the brightest of today's youth to become tomorrow's agricultural leaders," says Dave Owens, president and CEO of Farm Credit Services of Illinois. "The Agriculture Scholarship program promotes the positive opportunities of exploring careers in the agriculture industry -- including production agriculture."

Scholarship selections are based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant's commitment level to an agricultural career.

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be high school seniors who plan to enroll in a college or university during the fall 2012 semester and will be pursuing an agriculture-related academic major or career. Applicants must reside in one of the 60 southern counties in Illinois served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois. The scholarship application deadline is March 2, 2012.

Applications for the scholarships are available online at
. Questions can be sent to

This is the ninth year of the Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship program. More than $135,000 of college scholarships has been awarded by Farm Credit to 161 different Agriculture Scholars since 2004.

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Farm Credit Services of Illinois is a farmer-owned and directed agricultural lending cooperative with $2.6 billion of assets. Farm Credit provides competitive farm financing and delivers crop insurance expertise to over 8,000 farm families, agribusinesses and rural landowners in the southern 60 counties of Illinois.

The mission of the U.S. Farm Credit System is to provide financial capital and financial services to agriculture and rural America.

[Text from file received from Farm Credit Services of Illinois]

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