High school and college graduations may be months away, but now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships, according to Jule Richmond, Brown County Farm Bureau president.
Brown County students are encouraged to apply for more than $200,000 in Farm Bureau college scholarships offered on the local, district and state levels.
"Scholarships and awards are an excellent opportunity for Farm Bureau families to earn money to pursue their education," Richmond said. "We encourage all eligible students to apply."
TFB's S.M. True Jr. Ag ricultural Scholar Award offers $20,000 total to a deserving student who is at least a junior in college.
The TFB Young Farmer and Rancher Enrolled College Student scholarship offers three $2,000 scholarships.
District scholarships are available to high school students who have not yet graduated. Thirty-nine $1,000 scholarships and 13 $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually on the district level.
Thirteen $1,000 scholarships are awarded to high school students through the TFB Young Farmer & Rancher Scholarship based on academic achievement and the applicant's desire to pursue a career in an agricultural-related field.
The TFB Dick Mitchell Scholarship, a $1,000 award, is designated for a junior or senior in high school who has attended TFB's Youth Leadership Conference in Stephenville.
"These scholarships and awards are another way county Farm Bureaus and Texas Farm Bureau invest in the future of our community, state and Texas agriculture," Richmond said.
Applications for local scholarships are available at the Brown County Farm Bureau office at 450 U.S. Highway 377 South in Brownwood.
Applications and requirements for state awards are available at https://txfb.us/TFBscholar.
Local leaders discuss, pass policy at annual meeting
Brown County was represented at the meeting of the state's largest farm organization in December. Five delegates from Brown County Farm Bureau traveled to San Antonio where they helped shape the future of Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).
"Texas Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization. Every county matter, and the needs of the entire state are considered by the voting body," Jule Richmond, Brown County Farm Bureau president, said. "We're proud to send people to the TFB Annual Meeting each year to ensure Brown County voices are heard and our concerns are addressed."
Voting delegates at TFB's 86th Annual Meeting focused their attention on transportation and food labeling.
Delegates voted to support efforts related to mental health awareness, programs and community outreach, and they registered support of educational efforts on unintended consequences caused by balloon releases and plastic litter.
The TFB Annual Meeting includes district meetings for members, a business session, exhibits from companies offering TFB members benefits and young farmer and rancher competitions offering prizes and scholarships to TFB member-families.
"It's more than a meeting. It's the gathering of farmers and ranchers from across Texas," Richmond said. "In some ways, it's a family reunion. But the most important actions are those that promote and strengthen Texas agriculture."
The following Farm Bureau leaders represented Brown County at the TFB 86th Annual Meeting in San Antonio: Jule Richmond, Donald Krause, Monte Sanchez, John Connaway, and Lewis Lehman.
State resolutions adopted at the TFB annual meeting become policies that guide the organization. National resolutions are sent to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration during the annual convention in January.