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Slideshow: Farm Progress and the Agricultural Institute of Nebraska award ag scholarships to Nebraska youth.

Mindy Ward

September 3, 2021

8 Slides

The Agricultural Institute of Nebraska and Farm Progress awarded Husker Harvest Days scholarships to nine Nebraska youth.

The Husker Harvest Days agricultural scholarship winners were chosen from Nebraska 2020-21 high school seniors pursuing advanced degrees in agriculture, agribusiness or other agriculture-related fields from an accredited university, college or technical school in the state.

The students selected were active in high school and extracurricular activities, engaged in their respective communities and maintained high grade point averages.

And even though the 2020 Husker Harvest Days was not in person, nine Nebraska youth earned scholarships for that year:

  • Blaine Bonifas, Aurora

  • Judson Bonsack, Dannebrog

  • Raegan Fiala, Geneva

  • John Ford, Cairo

  • Jacob E. Kozisek, Grand Island

  • Carsten Loseke, Columbus

  • Blake Racicky, Mason City

  • Wyatt Siwinski, Central City

  • Ty Swanson, Wood River

For 2021’s scholarship winners, check out the slideshow. One of the recipients, Jacob Wells of St. Paul, is not pictured. Jacob plans to study ag education at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The St. Paul High graduate is the son of Justin and Cami Wells.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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