Farmers Union Scholarship supports South Dakota future |

Farmers Union Scholarship supports South Dakota future

Growing up on a ranch near Wall gave Emily Helms a deep respect for the land and a passion for the people that make up South Dakota’s agricultural industry.

Thanks to Farmers Union Foundation Scholarship, Helms is currently working toward a graduate degree in Range Science so she can pursue a career working to help cattle producers manage their grassland.

“I still have undergraduate debt to pay off, so this scholarship really helped me out. It basically covered this year of graduate study,” says the South Dakota State University graduate student.

The $2,500 Farmers Union Foundation Scholarship is open to students from South Dakota, pursuing a graduate degree in research, animal science, agriculture business, agriculture education at an accredited South Dakota school.

“This scholarship is one way Farmers Union works to help retain highly skilled individuals in South Dakota,” said Karla Hofhenke, Executive Director of S.D. Farmers Union.

Helms says because she’s not worried about paying for school this year, she is able to focus all her time on her studies and research project. Helms’ research looks at soil moisture and temperature in relationship to high stocking densities/mob grazing. She has research plots set up in Quinn, Eureka, Chamberlain and Brookings.

“Working with ranchers through this research has reinforced my desire to make range science my career,” she says.

Farmers Union is now taking applications for the 2014 Foundation Scholarship through June 1, 2014. Students interested in applying should visit the Farmers Union website, F

–S.D. Farmers Union

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