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New York Farm Bureau Offers Scholarships To Students Who Plan An Ag-Related Future.

New York Farm Bureau is encouraging high school seniors who will continue their education to prepare for a career in some way connected to the diverse agricultural industry to apply for the New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place, $1,200 for second, and $1,000 for third place. District winners will each receive $100 and a memento. County winners are recognized at the discretion of their County Farm Bureau. Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures). Students are required to complete an application which is a fillable pdf available on the NYFB website, and submit a brief 300-500 word essay discussing an issue facing agriculture in their county, explaining how they think NYFB can support members who may deal with this issue. We suggest that they feel free to visit the NYFB website to learn more about Farm Bureau. At the District level scoring will determine the County winners as well as the District winner. The judging event may necessitate a personal interview and essay presentation or may be based solely upon the application and attachments. The state winner selection will be made from District Winners based solely on the submitted applications; there will be no personal interviews. The application submission deadline is March 1, 2021. For scholarship information and the application visit or contact or 1-800-342- 4143.

NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and the NYS Show People’s Association Scholarship (NYSSSA)

The purpose of the NYSAAF and the NYSSA annual scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to those NYS residents in his/her senior year of high school and plan to attend (or already attends) college and who are currently (or have previously been) active in a fair that is a member of the NYSAAF and who intend to pursue or who are pursuing a degree. Application is open to all applicants regardless of your field of study. However, additional consideration may be given to those applicants pursuing a degree in a field related to agriculture, fair management or the outdoor amusement business. All are encouraged to apply. The fair where you have been active must endorse your application and will submit it for you. Up to ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Check for updated information for 2021!

2021 NY Holstein Association, Inc. Calf Scholarship

This program offers a registered Holstein calf to a youth who has demonstrated their interest and ability to develop the animal to its fullest potential. Youth must be between 12-15 years old as of January 1, 2021. For an application and the specific requirements reach out to the NY Holstein Office or visit their website!

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 2, 2021

Apply for a scholarship to attend the 2021 National Youth Summit on Healthy Living

High school students in grades 9-12 can now apply for a scholarship to attend the Virtual 4-H National Youth Summit. The summit will be an opportunity to share best practices within the topic area, meet and work with people from across the country, and work with fellow 4-Hers on action plans that will work to affect change in your community. Visit the 4-H website for summit information.

At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address issues surrounding nutrition, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Working alongside professionals in family consumer science and healthy living, students will create action plans they can implement in their communities to teach other youth about what they have learned.

When: February 13-16, 2021

Where: Online

Limited number of 12 scholarships to cover the $75 registration fee will be selected from the first 50 applicants. The scholarship application will be accepted until December 4, 2020, unless the number of the first 50 applicants has been reached. APPLY HERE

National Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging Contest

The classes for the 91st annual Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest are available at The National Hoard’s Dairyman picture judging contest offers an interactive web-based portal containing all five classes, and allows you to submit your entries online and receive your scores by email at the completion of the contest! Entries are DUE ONLINE to Hoard’s Dairyman BY March 25, 2021 for the National Contest.

The Steuben County 4-H Program will also be offering the Dairy Judging Contest! 4-H members will be able to utilize the same classes as the National Hoard’s Dairyman Picture Judging Contest, but instead compete amongst other 4-H members in the county. How to participate? Keep a copy of your National entry & send to Ainsley BY March 25 th!

Contact Ainsley if you have ANY QUESTIONS or if you’d like any paper copies! 607-664-2571 /

NYS Junior DAIRY LEADER program (JDL) for the 2020-2021 year

Applications are done online at and more information about the program can be found here also. In the past this program is started out with the once-in-a- lifetime week long trip to Madison, Wisconsin for dairy tours, attending the National 4-H Dairy Conference and attending World Dairy Expo. With the current situation the National 4-H Dairy Conference and the World Dairy Expo are canceled for this fall of 2020. With the next JDL class….their program year will be ending with the trip to Wisconsin in the Fall of 2021. We do have uncertainty on when we can be in person for things so the plan is to start a little later this fall and/or do things on a virtual platform to start off…..there are things that we can do in this manner and then when we can be in-person….we will do the other workshops and tours. So if you are interested in the dairy field and want to learn more about careers, personal and professional growth…..please apply. The age for this program is 16 to not have reached their 19 th by Jan 1st. Again, we will be doing all the things we have done for 21 years in the JDL program but the timeline and schedule will look a little different….instead of starting in late September and ending in August…..the program year will start later in the fall and will end shortly after the trip to Wisconsin in late September of 2021. We are here and ready to continue this great opportunity in leadership and career planning in the dairy and agricultural field.

For the Fall of 2021, the plan will be to take the 2020-2021 class(this will be at the end of their program year) and the next class of 2021-2022 to Wisconsin at the same time.

The original deadline for the applications was the end of June but we are extended that deadline until August 1 st, 2020.
Please contact me at if you have any questions.

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Last updated February 1, 2021