Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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Farm Credit announces agriculture scholarship program

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[January 13, 2009]  MAHOMET -- More than $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded to college-bound students who are pursuing an agriculture-related curriculum and career. Farm Credit Services of Illinois will present a $1,000 "We Understand" Agriculture Scholarship to each of 23 high school seniors this spring.

"We know the value of investing 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 ‘We Understand' Agriculture Scholarship program helps us promote the positive opportunities of exploring careers in the agriculture industry -- including production agriculture." Scholarship selections are based on a combination of academic achievement, participation, leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant's level of commitment 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 2009 semester and pursue an agriculture-related academic major or career. Applicants must reside in one of the 60 southern Illinois counties in Illinois served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois. The scholarship application deadline is March 15.

Applications for the "We Understand" Agriculture Scholarship are available at the 21 Farm Credit Services of Illinois branch offices and online at www.fcsillinois.com/scholarships.html.

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Questions about the scholarship can be sent to info@fcsillinois.com.

Farm Credit Services of Illinois is a farmer-owned and directed agricultural lending cooperative with more than $2.3 billion of assets. Farm Credit provides competitive farm financing and crop insurance expertise to 8,000 farmers, 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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