Farm Credit East provides scholarships to four future ag leaders

Farm Credit East

Scholarships support FFA members’ Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)

Farm Credit East has awarded four scholarships to students involved in The National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) to support their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). The scholarship recipients had strong projects and expressed a clear understanding of their projects’ impacts on their future careers in agriculturally related fields.



“Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of Northeast agriculture,” said Farm Credit East CEO Mike Reynolds. “These aspiring students have drive and passion, and their SAE projects are an important part of their development. We’re pleased to support their endeavors as they strive toward a career in agriculture or a related field.”

The following students each received a $500 scholarship to support their current SAE project or to enhance their knowledge of the agriculture, commercial fishing or forest products industries.

  • Garrett Phelps,
     of Lowville Academy and Central School FFA chapter, in Lowville, N.Y. His SAE focuses on his diversified agriculture experience. Garrett produces maple syrup, grows sweet corn, raises heifers and plans to expand his SAE into apple production.
  • Liberty Severs, of Indian River High School, in Philadelphia, N.Y. Her production SAE began with showing and raising rabbits and has grown to include swine and sheep. Liberty plans to become more involved with swine breeding and genetics.
  • Cadence Severs, of Indian River High School, in Philadelphia, N.Y. His production SAE began with showing and raising cavies and has grown to include a robust swine operation. He plans to expand his market operation and raise quality pork for the local community.
  • Rylee Rogers, of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy and CBNA Much-To-Do FFA chapter, in Northwood, Conn. Her SAE project is focused on equine and canine animal care.

These scholarships are part of a program offering four scholarships twice per year. Farm Credit East is currently accepting applications for the December 31, 2020 deadline. Applicants must be active in their local FFA chapter and reside within the seven states Farm Credit East serves. To apply for a Farm Credit East FFA scholarship, please visit, or contact a Farm Credit East branch office.


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