By Eric Malanoski (Townsquare Media News)

The New York Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee is encouraging high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field, to apply for the 2017 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship. Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place, $1,200 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.  District winners chosen from the county winners will each receive $100 and a memento.  The state awards are sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee.

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a student Farm Bureau membership. A membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures.  Students are required to complete the application and submit a brief essay answering the question, "What do I feel is the most important challenge facing agriculture in my community and why?” The application can be downloaded at and the application submission deadline is November 16th.