Arkansas soybean farmers invest in students with scholarships

Promoting agriculture careers to FFA seniors across Arkansas

The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board is encouraging all FFA high school seniors in Arkansas to participate in the 2015 Ag Career Essay contest.

The contest requires students to spend a day on the job with a professional in the agriculture industry. Each student will document the experience in an essay to be considered for a scholarship.

“We look forward to this contest every year. We know it’s important to continue the heritage of agriculture in our state,” said West Higginbothom, board chairman. “We support that effort by showing these students the abundance of opportunities to work in agriculture right here at home.”

The board will read and consider all submissions and choose a winner from each of the three state FFA districts. Each student will receive a scholarship in the amount of $750, which will be presented at the FFA state convention in June.

“Career success is included in the FFA mission statement. It’s great to see our farmers lead the way in showing these students how they can make a difference in our state by working in agriculture. In addition, they make great connections while working on this project. We’re really proud to be a part of the soybean board’s student outreach,” said Jenna Guidry, FFA program advisor.

The contest is, which is funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, kicked off on April 20. Details for the contest are available through local FFA advisors or staff at the state office. Essays should be submitted via email no later than May 12 at [email protected].

The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board was established to improve the sustainability and profitability of the soybean industry in Arkansas. The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board consists of soybean producers nominated by various producer organizations within Arkansas and appointed by the governor. Visit for more information.

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