News Farmers Federation Awards $150,000 to Auburn Ag, Forestry Students

Farmers Federation Awards $150,000 to Auburn Ag, Forestry Students

Farmers Federation Awards $150,000 to Auburn Ag, Forestry Students
November 1, 2023 |

By Maggie Edwards 

Eighty Auburn University (AU) students reaped the benefits of the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation (AFAF) during the Alabama Farmers Federation annual scholarship reception Sept. 25 at Lazenby Farms in Auburn. 

On behalf of her peers, AU junior Faith Lane thanked the Federation for its investment in the future of the country. 

“For decades, the Federation has provided scholarships to individuals preparing for careers in agriculture and forestry,” said Lane, who was raised on a multigenerational farm in Lowndes County. “These scholarships are not just money received to earn a degree. These scholarships are the gateway for the next generation of leaders.” 

As the cost of tuition continues to increase, scholarships help fill in the gaps, Lane said. 

“I always dreamed of attending AU and majoring in agriculture so that, one day, I could give back to my community,” said Lane, who is studying agricultural business & economics. “The Federation has helped make my dream a reality.” 

During the program, over $150,000 was awarded through a special partnership between AFAF and county Farmers Federations. The program provides $1,750 scholarships to land-grant university students.

“Any time your child receives money for school, it is a blessing,” said Blount County’s Amy Burgess, whose daughter Abby was honored during the event. “My daughter has worked hard to master her 4-H, FFA and Jr. Cattlemen’s Association projects. This award comes full circle for her and the goals she set for herself.” 

Burgess expressed her gratitude to the Federation and AFAF for pouring into generations of “movers and shakers” in the agricultural industry. 

The current generation includes students who were awarded special scholarships honoring key leaders in agriculture. Poultry science sophomore William Bradberry of Cullman County received the Donaldson Memorial Scholarship; horticulture graduate student Savannah Busby of Jefferson County received the Jimmy Witt Memorial Scholarship; and the Mike Henry Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Blount County’s Corley Williams, a junior studying agricultural communications. Additionally, Will Cowan of Lee County received the Alabama Catfish Producers Scholarship. He is a senior studying fisheries, aquaculture & aquatic sciences. 

Federation President Jimmy Parnell encouraged recipients to focus on the importance of hard work, critical thinking and strong networks. 

“I want to challenge each of you to stretch — think outside the box and try new things,” said Parnell, an alumnus of the AU College of Agriculture. “You are the next generation of agriculture, and you have tremendous opportunities in front of you.”

Scholarships from the Federation have been awarded to AU students since 1983. AFAF was founded in 2009 as a platform to support agricultural education and is funded, in part, through Ag Tag sales. 

2024-2025 scholarship applications open at Nov. 1. They close Feb. 1. 

Scholarship Recipients:

Madison ThrailkillAgricultural Business & EconomicsFreshmanAutauga
Hallie CorteAnimal Sciences (Pre-Vet)JuniorBaldwin
George CochranForestryJuniorBarbour
Taylor EdwardsAgricultural CommunicationsSeniorBibb
Abby BurgessAgricultural CommunicationsFreshmanBlount
Caroline HartleyHorticultureFreshmanButler
Will WestAgricultural ScienceJuniorCalhoun
Kayleigh ScarboroughAnimal Sciences (Animal & Allied Industries)SeniorChambers
Rice NicholsBiosystems Engineering (Forest Engineering)SeniorChambers
Cade BallengerGeospatial and Environmental InformaticsSophomoreCherokee
Presley MimsWildlife Sciences (Pre-Vet)FreshmanChilton
Anna ClecklerHorticultureSophomoreChilton
Maggie VickHorticultureSeniorClarke
Colin RobertsPre-ForestryFreshmanCleburne
Appraisia EdwardsAgricultural CommunicationsSeniorCoffee
Kaitlin FosterAnimal Sciences (Pre-Vet)JuniorColbert
Mallory SimmonsAnimal Sciences (Animal & Allied Industries)SophomoreConecuh
Allison BroomBiosystems Engineering (Ecological Engineering)JuniorCoosa
Jeb ThomassonNatural Resources ManagementSeniorCovington
Caleb SmithWildlife Ecology & ManagementFreshmanCovington
Caroline CoursonPoultry Science (Pre-Vet)FreshmanCovington
Laura SylerAgricultural Business & Economics Junior Covington
Kyndal StaleyPoultry Science (Production)SeniorCrenshaw
Luke TroutmanGeospatial and Environmental Informatics SophomoreCullman
Isabell StaffordBiosystems Engineering SeniorDale
Bryan MacarioAgricultural Science SophomoreDale
Will Ingram Agricultural Business & EconomicsSenior Dallas
Madelyn Jackson Agricultural Business & Economics SophomoreDeKalb
Jaxon MulderAnimal Sciences (Animal & Allied Industries) Senior Elmore
John Braxton RhodesBiological & Agricultural Technology Management SophomoreEscambia
Judson MorrisonAnimal Sciences (Pre-Vet)FreshmanEtowah
Ethan Beets Pre-ForestrySophomoreFranklin
Faith DillardAnimal Sciences (Animal & Allied Industries)JuniorGeneva
Miranda Gajdos Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)JuniorHale
Aubrey Shadell HorticultureJuniorHenry
Mary Jane NowellAgricultural Business & EconomicsSeniorHouston
Frances FabbriniBiosystems Engineering (Ecological Engineering)JuniorHouston
Ty TorbertAgricultural Business & Economics SophomoreHouston
Megan WoodallAgriscience EducationSeniorLee
Cole Johnston Agricultural Business & Economics Senior Jefferson
Gabe Hallmark Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)JuniorJefferson
Kenneth Reese Agriscience Education Senior Jefferson
Abigail Crosby Animal Sciences (Animal & Allied Industries)Senior Lamar
Tori Spry Agricultural Business & Economics SophomoreLauderdale
LeAnne Pace Crop & Soil Sciences (Production) SeniorLawrence
Kaitlyn Spoon Crop & Soil Sciences (Science)Freshman Lee
Will Walker Pre-Forestry FreshmanLee
Logan Freeman Natural Resources Management Junior Lee
Peyton Armstrong Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)Junior Lee
Georgia SmithAgricultural Communications Junior Lee
Preston Haney Agricultural Business & Economics FreshmanLimestone
Faith Lane Agricultural Business & Economics Junior Lowndes
Tamar DoullWildlife Enterprise Management SophomoreMacon
Reese Stogner Wildlife Ecology & Management Senior Madison
Hunter RialsAgricultural Business & Economics Senior Madison
Jay Moore Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)Senior Madison
Elise Kennamer Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)FreshmanMadison
James Etheridge ForestryJunior Marengo
Madelyn SeamanAnimal Sciences (Pre-Vet)SeniorMarion
Ella SeymourAnimal Sciences (Pre-Vet)FreshmanMarshall
Mary-Coker GreenAgricultural Business & Economics JuniorMobile
Cal Carter Agricultural Business & Economics JuniorMonroe
Aubrey GraceAgricultural Communications SeniorMontgomery
Lee MurrayAgricultural Business & EconomicsSophomoreMorgan
Hardy McMillanWildlife Enterprise ManagementFreshmanPerry
Kameria DossBiosystems EngineeringJunior Pickens
William MuellerHorticultureSeniorPike
Sammie YarbroughAgricultural Business & Economics Junior Randolph
Carly PuckettAgricultural Science JuniorRussell
Mallory Nabors Agricultural Business & Economics SophomoreShelby
Ridge McHughWildlife Enterprise ManagementJuniorSt. Clair
Jessica Hazel Wildlife Enterprise Management Senior Talladega
Laura ThamesWildlife Enterprise Management SophomoreTallapoosa
Jackson ElsberryCrop & Soil Sciences (Turfgrass) Senior Tuscaloosa
Annelise HychePoultry Science (Production)JuniorWalker
Colton OdomFisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic SciencesSophomoreWashington

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