If you're a high school senior who's been involved with agriculture and you plan to major in a related field in college, be sure to apply for the New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship, sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee. The first-place award is $1,500, with $1,200 going to the second-place winner and $1,000 to the third.
To apply, you must have a family or student Farm Bureau membership and submit a brief essay answering the question, "If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?"
The application submission deadline is Nov. 18, 2011. To nominate someone for the scholarship or to request information or an application, call 800-342-4143 or visit www.lifb.com and click Programs.
Last year's Long Island regional scholarship winner was Jessica Anson, whose family owns and operates a nursery. She is studying agricultural science at Cornell University.