Six Tennessee students were awarded the Youth Beef Heifer Initiative Scholarship, sponsored by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Credit Mid-America. They received this award at the 31st Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro on Feb. 6.
The Heifer Initiative focuses on cost-sharing of beef cattle for youth. First place winners of each age division are awarded $2,000 and second place winners are awarded $1,000. This money is to be put towards the purchase of a beef heifer of their choice within one year of receiving the funds. There are three age divisions: Youth, Junior High and Senior High.
“For many of the winners, this heifer scholarship will be the beginning of their beef cattle herds,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. “Farm Credit Mid-America is investing in the future of our industry and these youth.”
Addie Rankin of Lauderdale County won first place in the Youth Division and Russ Woolfolk of Madison County won second place. Foster Wingler of Rutherford County won first place in the Junior High Division and Joshua Wade, also of Rutherford County, won second place. Emily Nave of Cannon County won first place in the Senior High Division and Kendall Martin of Marshall County won second place.
“The structure of this program is geared to encourage kids to be more active in the beef industry and hopefully they learn some leadership skills along the way,” said Shane Williams, Senior Financial Services Officer for Farm Credit Mid-America. “Cattle farming is an expensive industry and I think it is important we help as many young people as possible start or expand their 4H and FFA beef projects.”
Emily Nave of Cannon County says this scholarship will help her become a better cattle producer. “By winning this scholarship, I get to purchase better stock than what was first accessible to me,” said Nave. “I can’t thank these organizations enough for this opportunity to grow my herd.”
The application for the 2017 Beef Heifer Initiative Scholarship will be available in the fall of 2016.