Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the help of local farmers, 22 Ohio students have been awarded scholarships from the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program, established in 2014, seeks to raise awareness of the job prospects in agriculture and provides scholarships to students pursuing studies in ag-related fields.While agriculture has become one of the most promising sectors for job growth — 57,900 high-skilled jobs are created annually in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environmental fields in the United States, according to the USDA — a recent survey, sponsored by America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, found that fewer than one in five students surveyed feel they understand the diverse array of career opportunities in the agriculture field. The Grow Ag Leaders program aims to change that by awarding deserving students with scholarships to pursue an education in any ag-related field of study, including agronomy, education, engineering and many others.“Agriculture has become a hot sector for job growth in the United States, but few high school and college students understand what incredible job opportunities exist in the agriculture field,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “With the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program, we’re helping future agriculture leaders understand those opportunities, and we’re providing them the means to help secure those opportunities through education.”In Ohio, the 2017 Grow Ag Leaders scholarship recipients were:Christopher Baird – Springfield Isaiah Beaver – Houston Jordan Boyer – Deshler Evan Conrad – Metamora Carley Coppler – Carey McKenzie Davis – Van Wert Cade Field – Green Camp Katie Frost – Bloomingburg Kevin Fruth – Fostoria Derek Goodman – Cardington Braden Heizer – Leesburg Amber Herman – Ottawa Sydney Hoffa – Massillon Jared Minor – Circleville Jacob Schlichter – Oxford Joseph Schmidt – Payne Trenton Schwartz – Wapakonata Luke Scott – Bucyrus Zachary Steiner – Creston Rex Tietje – Deshler Taylor Tyo – Greenville David Wise – HowardGrow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are open to students 23 and younger, who live in eligible counties and are planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in trade schools, community colleges and four-year universities. The scholarships are awarded in $1,500 increments to students pursuing an education in an ag-related field of study, including farming, agronomy, education, science, technology, business, communications and more. In order to be eligible to receive a Grow Ag Leaders scholarship, students had to be nominated by a farmer in their state.Since the program began in 2014, the America’s Farmers Ag Leaders program has awarded nearly $1.7 million in scholarships to promising students pursuing their education in agriculture.For more information about the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program or to view a complete list of winners, visitwww.GrowAgLeaders.com. Additional information can be found at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.