AgTexas Farm Credit Services awarded $21,000 in scholarships virtually from the AgTexas corporate office in Lubbock on Facebook Live. The member-owned cooperative, which provides financial services to the agricultural community in 43 Texas counties, hosted a drawing for the scholarships at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.

    “We are honoring some of the best and brightest young minds in Texas with this program,” says AgTexas Farm Credit CEO Tim McDonald. “These students represent the next generation of agriculture in Texas and the United States. It’s our privilege to pay tribute to their achievements thus far and encourage them for the future.”

    Outstanding 4-H and FFA high school students received prominent recognition for their dedication to agriculture through AgTexas Farm Credit Services’ 6th Annual Ag Youth Scholarship Program. Here in the Panhandle Region, nine (9) students each received a $1,000 scholarship.

    Those students were Rylee Kay Austin (Farwell FFA), Hayden Bass (Plainview FFA), Caden Carver (Abernathy 4-H), Zant Tye (Kress 4-H), Luke Betzen (Nazareth FFA), Emma Kleman (Nazareth FFA), Grady McAlister (Nazareth 4-H), Payton Berry (Stratford FFA) and Camden Williamson (Dumas FFA).

    A total of 36 Panhandle area high school senior FFA and 4-H students received recognition from November 2020 through April 2021. Among these were Randi Britten and Camden Williamson (both from Dumas FFA), Saxie Ralston (Hansford County 4-H), Abby Law (Stratford FFA), Payton Berry (Stratford FFA), and Jessica Nolt (Dalhart FFA).

    AgTexas awarded a total of $21,000 in scholarships among its three regions and has now presented nearly $115,000 through the program.

    These 4-H and FFA programs help introduce many of their participants to agriculture, allowing students to learn and apply science and technology to make farming and ranching more productive and offer promising futures.

    “We are very pleased to have created the Ag Youth of the Month program because it brings positive attention to young people who are investing in our state and nation as well as their own futures,” concluded McDonald.

    AgTexas serves approximately 3,500 members in 43 counties through 12 offices, including Amarillo, Dumas, Hereford, Muleshoe and Plainview.


About AgTexas Farm Credit Services: AgTexas is a rural lending cooperative, providing financing for real estate and operating capital, as well as insurance, leasing and cash management services for the Ag industry since 1934. Today, AgTexas serves approximately 3,500 members in 43 counties through 12 offices, including Amarillo, Dumas, Hereford, Muleshoe and Plainview. In the Panhandle, AgTexas serves Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Floyd, Hale, Hansford, Hartley, Hutchinson, Lamb, Moore, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Sherman and Swisher counties.

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