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Spotlight on Youth - October 31, 2018

CoBank partners with FFA to support Living to Serve Platform

DENVER, Colo. — CoBank announced a multiyear sponsorship of the National FFA Organization’s Living to Serve Platform.

A commitment to service has always been a core tenet of FFA, and the Living to Serve platform supports that commitment by expanding engagement opportunities for FFA members at local, state and national levels.

Through Living to Serve, FFA chapters throughout the country are able to seek funding for a variety of service learning projects through a competitive grant application process. CoBank’s three-year, $450,000 grant will support the continued expansion of this popular program, increasing the number of grants to FFA chapters seeking to address issues of:

•Hunger, health and nutrition

•Community engagement

•Community safety

•Environmental responsibility

“CoBank and FFA share a strong commitment to service and support for our nation’s rural communities,” said Thomas Halverson, CoBank president and CEO. “Living to Serve is a tangible demonstration of that support. Through our sponsorship of this national program, we hope to enable more FFA members to live that commitment every day and to make a difference in the communities they call home.”

In addition to Living to Serve projects at the state level, CoBank was a proud sponsor of National FFA Days of Service, which are part of the organization’s national convention. FFA members participated in a variety of service projects last week that put their leadership into action, creating a positive impact throughout the city.

As well as its support of Living to Serve, CoBank also supports FFA through its contributions to Farm Credit’s community engagement programs. Farm Credit is an active supporter of FFA programs that are working to develop the next generation of farmers, ranchers and Farm Credit leaders.

NCF accepting applications for CME beef scholarships

DENVER, Colo. — The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is accepting applications for 2019-20 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

The CME Beef Industry Scholarship was first introduced in 1989. Today, the scholarship recognizes and encourages talented students who will each play an important role in the future of food production in America. Students studying education, communication, production, research or other areas related to the beef industry should consider applying for the scholarship.

Applicants must submit a one-page letter expressing their career goals related to the beef industry. Students must also write a 750-word essay describing an issue in the beef industry and offering solutions to this problem. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two- or four-year college.

Online applications should be submitted by Nov. 9, at midnight Central Time. Scholarship winners will be announced during the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans on Feb. 1. To apply, or learn more, visit