Six Tennessee youth won scholarships from Farm Credit Services Mid-America, which were awarded at the 30th Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and Trade Show on January 15-17 in Murfreesboro. The Youth Beef Heifer Initiative Scholarships are in place to help provide students with financial assistance in purchasing heifers. Winners received $2,000 and 2nd place recipients won $1,000. Some will use their purchased heifer for beef projects and to build their future cattle herds. In addition to the prize money, the University of Tennessee Department of Animal Science donated belt buckles for the 1st place winners and hats for the second place winners.
“This is a great partnership opportunity for Farm Credit, as the capital cost for starting a beef cattle operation is really high right now, and we feel like this is an opportunity to help young farmers start a beef project or expand one,” said Shane Williams, Senior Financial Services Officer (Ag) at Farm Credit. “The beef industry is a big market segment we serve and we want to be engaged in promoting that segment of agriculture. This project is a great one as it has a positive impact on the beef industry and the kids involved 4-H and FFA projects all across the state.”
Cole Ledford of Cleveland, TN won the Junior Division and Alvin Brandon of Readyville, TN won 2nd place.
Haylee Ferguson of Rockvale, TN won the Junior High Division and Mason Collins of Lewisburg, TN won 2nd place.
Jacob Wade of Bell Buckle, TN won the Senior High Division and LeAnna Tanner of Lebanon, TN won 2nd place.
“The kids that have been selected are the cream of the crop in Tennessee,” said Williams. “It’s inspiring to read some of the essays they wrote as you feel like the future leadership of the beef industry will be in good hands.”
The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association would like to thank Farm Credit Services Mid-America for their support of the youth in Tennessee’s cattle community. For more information on the scholarship program, please contact Shane Williams: (423) 745-1683 or the TCA office: (615) 896-2333.