Baumgartner, Moest receive ag scholarships

Landon Baumgartner (left) and Jacob Moest.

Landon Baumgartner of Dakota, Ill., and Jacob Moest of Lena, Ill., are recipients of the 2013 First Choice Agriculture Scholarship from 1st Farm Credit Services.

Baumgartner, a senior at Orangeville High School, is the son of Michelle Stubber. He has been active in FFA National Honor Society and his church.

Moest, a senior at Lena-Winslow High School, is the son of James and Barbara Moest. He has been active in 4-H and FFA.

1st Farm Credit Services recently announced the 24 recipients of the $1,500 scholarships, which are awarded to students who live in the association’s territory. The scholarships support students who will attend a university, college or community college to pursue an agriculture degree that will contribute to the quality of rural life.

Our scholarship recipients show there is a bright and prosperous future for all aspects of agriculture,” said 1st Farm Credit Services President/CEO Gary J. Ash. “These young adults carry a passion for agriculture with them and will return to their communities to cultivate opportunities to become future leaders. We are proud to help encourage them along the way.”

Recipients were selected from a pool of 165 applicants based on their future commitment to rural America, academic achievement, community activities and agriculture involvement. An independent panel of leaders in farming, agribusiness, youth and education judged the applications.

A banquet and formal presentation of the scholarships will be hosted by 1st Farm Credit Services for the students and their parents in June.

In the fall, Baumgartner plans to attend George Williams College to pursue a degree in environmental management and sustainability. He hopes to continue on to earn a master’s degree and work in soil and water conservation.

Moest plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue a degree in agribusiness, markets and management. He hopes one day to work for an agricultural company and return to the family farm to run the hog and grain operation.

From the April 24-30, 2013, issue

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