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2014 CHS Graduate Awarded America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship


Heather Goss, a 2014 graduate of Cloverdale High School, recently received a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders. (Courtesy Photo) Heather Goss, a 2014 graduate of Cloverdale High School, recently received a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders. (Courtesy Photo) Heather Goss, a 2014 graduate of Cloverdale High School, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Goss is studying agricultural education at Purdue University. She wants to pursue a career as an agricultural education teacher to share her love and passion for agriculture with her stu- dents.

“I grew up in the agriculture industry, and my passion for it has been in my blood since day one,” Goss said. “Whether it is the crops growing in the field or all the local farmers, I have always loved everything about agriculture. The most important part about it is that you can provide for others.”

The future of agriculture relies on talented young people like Goss to fill thousands of jobs in a variety of fields, such as plant science, engineering, communications, finance and more. Grow Ag Leaders encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides scholarships to support their education.

Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in ag-related fields. To be considered, each applicant is required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. Thanks in part to Indiana farmers, who participated in the successful six-state pilot launch in 2014, the program was expanded across the country. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students this year. For more information, visit GrowAgLeaders.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Farmers and others in the industry are joining in on the conversation to help raise awareness about agriculture and share their stories with their communities. Learn more at www.cfiengage.org.

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