JONESBORO – Three Arkansas State University students with majors in the College of Agriculture were among the recipients of Arkansas Agriculture Department scholarships last week in Little Rock.
The three are Brenna Cannon of Jonesboro, agronomy and agriculture business major; Aubrey Hargett of Hampton, horticulture major; and Jessica Krob of Leachville, plant science major.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward, and State Plant Board Director Butch Calhoun presented the awards totaling $20,000 to students from four state universities, including A-State, Southern Arkansas University, Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
“Farmers provide so many things that are essential to life: beef, pork, poultry, and even catfish; cotton for clothes and lumber for houses and paper,” said Gov. Hutchinson to scholarship recipients. “I am pleased that you have chosen to follow thousands before you who have learned the best methods to produce the highest yields.
“In choosing a career in agriculture, which is our state’s largest industry, you have chosen a rewarding path. Thank you in advance for the contribution.”
Funding for the scholarships comes from civil penalties collected by the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s State Plant Board. Each institution receives $5,000 annually and has its own process for awarding scholarship funds to students and setting the amount each student receives for respective programs.
The AAD is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.
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