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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is offering high school and college scholarships to students who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs focused on agriculture.

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“This is an effort to continue to attract qualified students to the field and to ultimately fill a need for professionals within the industry,” said Vernon Pooch, chair of the MSR&PC Education Committee, in a news release. “We have seen a decline in crop sciences enrollment and this is one way soybean farmers can invest in bright students who are interested in a solid career opportunity that can help us increase soybean production and feed the world.”

Applicants to the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council College Scholarship must be:

1. A resident of Minnesota.

2. From a family who is active in agriculture.

3. A junior or senior in college.

4. Pursuing an education in soybean agronomy, soil science, soybean genetics, large animal vet or animal nutrition.

5. Active in ag-related, campus and/or community activities.

For high school students, the eligibility requirements include being: a resident of Minnesota; from a family active in agriculture; graduating from high school in the spring of 2012; active in both agriculture and community; and must be pursuing an education in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural animal nutrition, large animal vet or food science related program

For 2012-2013, four, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school students and up to four, $2,000 scholarships will be granted to college juniors and seniors. This scholarship program is administered by a Scholarship Selection Committee, which is made up of directors from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability or national origin.

Guidelines and applications are available at www.mnsoybean.org. Questions may be directed to the Minnesota Soybean office at (888) 896-9678. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before March 1. Minnesota Soybean leaders will then interview finalists. Successful scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1.

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is made up of an elected board of 15 soybean producers from across the state. The mission of the council is to invest soybean checkoff dollars in well- defined research, marketing, education and commercialization programs designed to increase demand and thereby improve the profitability of Minnesota’s soybean farmers.

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