AgBiz Masters Scholarships open for dairy, specialty crop farmers

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MECHANICSBURG – Dairy and specialty crop farmers have special scholarship opportunities this fall for AgBiz Masters, the nationally-recognized, award-winning learning series for young and beginning farmers.

The upcoming program will be held November 2012 through March 2013.

Eligibility

Two scholarship reimbursements that are available for the upcoming class of participants include:

The Center for Dairy Excellence is offering 31 $25 reimbursement scholarships to Pennsylvania dairy producers participating in AgBiz Masters. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are available to year one and year two participants.

Specialty crop producers (growers of fruit, vegetables, nursery crops, etc.) enrolling in year one of AgBiz Masters in 2012 are eligible for a full $125 scholarship reimbursement upon successful completion of the program. This is made possible through funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s PAgrows program and the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Scholarship opportunities will be identified as registrations are received, and both scholarships will be paid as reimbursements upon successful completion of the program in March 2013.

Purpose

The primary objective of AgBiz Masters is to deliver hands-on business and financial management training to young and beginning farmers. AgBiz Masters takes a blended learning approach where participants complete five online modules and attend three in-person, regional sessions during each year of the two-year program.

In its three years in existence, AgBiz Masters has reached more than 300 participants, including 103 graduates of the program. The program is primarily targeted at young and beginning farmers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.

Information

To learn more about AgBiz Masters and enroll online, visit www.AgBizMasters.com. The registration deadline is Oct. 31. For more information, contact Raechel Sattazahn at rsattazahn@agchoice.com or 800-349-3568, ext. 6016.

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