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 33rd Annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in Murfreesboro on Jan. 27.
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 from a Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association member within one year of receiving the funds. There are three age divisions: Youth, Junior High, and Senior High.
“The heifer scholarship initiative is one of the most rewarding programs we do at our association,” said Charles Hord, TCA executive vice president. “We get to help deserving young cattle producers get started in an industry they clearly have a passion for. We are grateful for our partnership with Farm Credit Mid-America which is helping to ensure the future of agriculture in our state.”
Molly Gunter of Fentress County won first place in the Youth Division and Avery Rowlett of Wayne County won second place. Kendra Cornelius of McMinn County won first place in the Junior High Division and Walker Housley of Rhea County won second place. Grant Funderburk of Decatur County won first place in the Senior High Division and Kendra Sellers of Knox County won second place.
“The Farm Credit and TCA heifer initiative is a program designed to help young farmers start or expand their beef project,” said Shane Williams, Senior Financial Services Officer for Farm Credit Mid-America. “We feel committed to helping youth in agriculture and feel like this program targets a funding need in the beef industry.”
Grant Funderburk, Senior High winner from Decatur County said, “I am honored that the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association selected me for this scholarship. I plan on using it to help purchase my next show heifer and build my herd.”
The application for the 2019 Beef Heifer Initiative Scholarship will be available in the fall of 2018.