However, one may not realize that there are even more resources out there for agriculture students ourselves. There are a treasure trove of things out in the world geared just towards us as we work to be the future of agriculture. In addition to those listed above, we are lucky enough to have things such as dedicated staff and student ambassadors in collegiate agriculture departments, dedicated websites such as FLAGS, our own FFA advisors and 4-H leaders (who once were most likely in our shoes), fellow students and friends, and the thousands of current agriculture professionals out there who help to feed, clothe, and educate us everyday that are usually more than happy to help a future agriculturalist out.
One important thing to remember when preparing for college is how college is going to be paid for, and the first choice of many students who are willing to put in a little hard work is scholarships! Over 100 opportunities for students across the state from Pensacola to Miami and everywhere in between are featured here on this site, but those are just here in Florida. There are literally hundreds of other opportunities out there just for students studying agriculture if you look on the collegiate and national level open to you. National FFA's scholarship program awarding hundreds of scholarship awards per year, CHS Foundation's High School scholarship program, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association upperclassmen awards program, and awards offered by animal breed associations such as the American Jersey Cattle Association's Youth scholarship program.
Rachael Ashley and Adam Daggs from the University of Idaho back in 2011 offered a workshop for the members of the Kuna FFA Chapter in Idaho, and they were gracious enough to publish there workshop outline slideshow online for the world to see and for students such as us to use! They stress the importance of scholarships and finding other ways to pay for school that do not involve loans such as the FAFSA, how to effectively communicate and network with both educational and scholarship professionals, using letters of recommendation and your personal attributes to your advantage, completing a powerful scholarship application, and 10+ tips for "getting free money" because, that is exactly what scholarships are!
Check out the rest of Rachael and Adam's advice and tips by downloading the "Agriculture Students Scholarship Workshop" from the Kuna FFA Chapter website by clicking (or tapping if you are reading on a smartphone) on the image below! Agriculture is an industry that unites us all from Idaho to Florida, and this presentation is no exception. Happy Reading!