Farm Credit East Provides Scholarships to Four Future Agriculture Leaders

Farm Credit East recently awarded four scholarships to students involved in the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) to provide financial support for the students’ Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), a required activity in the FFA program.

This fall’s four recipients developed worthwhile SAE projects and expressed a clear understanding of their projects’ impact on their future careers in an agriculturally-related field.

“Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of Northeast agriculture,” said Farm Credit East CEO Bill Lipinski. “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 on their path to a career in an agriculturally-related field.”

The following students each received a $500 scholarship to support their current SAE project and enhance their knowledge of agriculture.

  • Erin Denman, of Tri-Valley Central School and FFA chapter, in Grahamsville, NY. Her Equine Placement SAE lets her improve and share her knowledge of the equine industry.
  • Julia Dodge, of Bellville Henderson Central School and FFA chapter, in Adams, NY. Her SAE project is focused on poultry production, bringing livestock to her family’s traditional crop farm.
  • Riley Simmons, of Gouverneur Central School and FFA chapter, in Gouverneur, NY. His SAE project is focused on poultry production. After expanding his flock he will begin selling eggs at local farmers’ markets and chicks to local producers.
  • William Smith, of Madison Central School and FFA chapter, in Madison, NY. His SAE project focuses on beef production. He plans to renovate his current barn to expand his cow-calf operation.

As part of this program, four scholarships are awarded twice per year. Farm Credit East is currently accepting applications for the December 31, 2018 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.