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USDA UNDER SECRETARY VISITS LONG ISLAND
Congressman Tim Bishop and USDA Under Secretary Edward Avalos, with a special visit from Congressman Steny Hoyer, met with Long Island farmers and agricultural partners for an open forum to meet and discuss potential marketing programs. The Congressman and Under Secretary Avalos toured a local farm and winery as well as the Stony Brook Incubator, the Cornell Research and Horticultural Center and the Grapes and Greens storage and processing facility. (left to right: Under Secretary Avalos, Congressman Tim Bishop, LIFB Executive Director Joseph Gergela, Congressman Steny Hoyer.) SEE MORE PHOTOS ON OUR GALLERY PAGE.
LONG ISLAND & NEW YORK FARM BUREAU OFFERS
SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS STUDYING AGRICULTURE
Long Island, NY. Long Island and New York Farm Bureau are encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the 2015 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place $1,200 for second and $1,000 for third place.
Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures). Students are required to complete an application and submit a brief essay answering the question, "If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?"
At the District level, a personal interview and essay presentation may be scheduled at the discretion of the District Representative. The Long Island winner will be the applicant scoring the highest for the Long Island district and will be eligible for a Long Island bonus scholarship in addition to the awards listed above.
District level (Long Island) winners will have two weeks from the time they are notified to update any part of their applications for state consideration. The final applications must be sent to the New York Farm Bureau office in Albany, N.Y., and postmarked within two weeks of the date of notification for the student to be eligible. The state competition is based upon the application and attachments.
The application submission deadline is November 15, 2014.
To nominate someone for the scholarship or to request an application, call 1-800-342-4143 or visit SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES and SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION. Applications can be submitted via mail or email to email@example.com by 5pm on November 15, 2014.