Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
The Vermont Farm Show has announced it will support the Farm and Agricultural Resource Management Stewards (FARMS) 2+2 Scholarship program for the next 4 years. The Farm Show has committed $43,000 to the FARMS 2+2 Scholarship program, which provides scholarships to young Vermonters who are pursuing dairy careers.
Founded in 2001, the FARMS 2+2 scholarship funds half tuitions for two years of study at Vermont Technical College (VTC) and full tuition for two subsequent years at the University of Vermont (UVM). The fund is administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, and the student recipients are selected by VTC and UVM. The program also includes semesters at Vermont Tech Diary Farm and Teaching Lab in Norwich, Vermont and the Miner Agriculture Research Institute in Chazy, New York. Over 65 2+2 scholars have graduated in the past 15 years and are now active in agribusiness industries and on farms across Vermont.
“The FARMS 2+2 program provides a broad educational base for Vermont’s future dairy leaders,” said Chuck Ross, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture. “The support from the Vermont Farm Show will enrich this important program, and provide a strong link between students and the industry,” he added.
The Vermont Farm Show is the premier venue for farmers to interact with the ag related businesses that keep the industry strong. Several years ago, Farm Show vendors suggested a scholarship to assist young people interested in continuing their education in the agricultural sector. Due to strong exhibitor support over the years, the Vermont Farm Show is in a position to do so.
"The FARMS 2+2 Scholarship Program is a great investment in young agriculturalists and Vermont agriculture," said Dave Martin, Vermont Farm Show President. "We are also going to offer our exhibitors an opportunity to support this program."
The Vermont Farm Show has been the state’s unofficial trade show for agriculture for over 80 years. In 2012, the Show moved from Barre to Essex Junction and has grown into a three day event attended by more than 14,000 guests, featuring over 145 vendors and 15 organization meetings. Always scheduled for the last week in January, the Show's visitors have also donated almost 2 tons of food and several hundred dollars to area food shelves in lieu of an entry fee since moving to the Champlain Valley fairgrounds.