Louisville, KY (PRWEB) February 03, 2012
Six students across Kentucky and Tennessee received $2,000 each toward the purchase of their very own heifer thanks to a program underwritten by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. The agriculture lender partnered with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association to create the Kentucky and Tennessee Heifer Initiatives. The programs provide children, adolescents and young adults the means to purchase heifers and begin herds or participate in state fair projects.
The Kentucky winners include:
Division I (ages 9-13) – Rachael Drumm, daughter of Jennifer and Joseph Drumm of Clark County
Division II (ages 14-17) – Travis Drumm, son of Jennifer and Joseph Drumm of Clark County
Division II (ages 18-21) – Ryan Halligan, of Franklin County
The Tennessee winners include:
Division I (grades 4-5) – Elijah Dotson, son of Rujena and Phillip Dotson of Lincoln County
Division II (grades 6-8) – Kendall Garrell, daughter of Jeanie and George Garrell of Marshall County
Division III (grades 9-11) Samantha Reese, daughter of John and Marty Reese of Marshall County
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America’s board chair, George Stebbins, encourages FCS involvement in multiple initiatives, sponsorships and scholarships. “Involvement with the Heifer Initiative and other similar youth projects is our way of reinvesting into the future of agriculture. Cultivating these early interests in agriculture will allow for a smooth transition from one generation of farmers to the next,” said Stebbins.
About Farm Credit Services of Mid-America
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is an $18 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 92,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating loans,equipment loans, and housing loans. FCS also provides an array of financial services, including crop insurance and leases. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-444-FARM or visit them on the web at http://www.e-farmcredit.com.