Md. Grain Pro­duc­ers award $10,000 in col­lege schol­ar­ships

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CENTREVILLE — The Mary­land Grain Pro­duc­ers Uti­liza­tion Board re­cently awarded two schol­ar­ships to Caro­line County stu­dents at Mary­land Com­mod­ity Clas­sic in July.

Colonel Richard­son High grad­u­ate Jamie Het­rick of Pre­ston and Jenell Eck of Hen­der­son re­ceived $2,500 schol­ar­ships along with An­drew Bauer of Day­ton and Cody Mor­ris of Par­sons­burg.

“The stu­dents re­ceiv­ing schol­ar­ships are in­sight­ful to the is­sues we face as farm­ers and en­er­gized to make a dif­fer­ence,” said Jen­nie Schmidt, MGPUB pres­i­dent. “Agri­cul­ture is an ex­cit­ing ca­reer choice and grad­u­ates are in de­mand for ca­reers in food pro­duc­tion, re­new­able en­ergy and en­vi­ron­men­tal ste­ward­ship.”

Het­rick stud­ies at West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity, ma­jor­ing in Agri­cul­tural and Ex­ten­sion Ed­u­ca­tion, with an em­pha­sis in Agri­cul­tural Tech­nolo­gies and a dou­ble-mi­nor in Hor­ti­cul­ture and Agribusi­ness and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment. Het­rick’s par­ents, Vic­trie Carr and Car­roll Het­rick, raised her on her grand­par­ent’s and un­cle’s grain farm. She wants to be­come a part of the Het­rick Farms Part­ner­ship after grad­u­a­tion.

“Over­com­ing the is­sue of pro­vid­ing for nine bil­lion peo­ple by 2050 will re­quire farm­ers and the so­ci­ety to stay ed­u­cated and up-to-date with the de­vel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies and main­tain an open and in­no­va­tive mind when it comes to adopt­ing these prac­tices which will help the in­dus­try suc­cess­fully pro­vide for the fu­ture,” Het­rick said.

Pur­su­ing a dou­ble ma­jor de­gree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources from the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware, Eck said ed­u­cat­ing con­sumers is her main pri­or­ity. The spec­trum of con­sumer knowl­edge ranges in a va­ri­ety of ways.

“We must not seg­re­gate our­selves by how much and what we pro­duce,” she said. “By be­ing one large fam­ily, we can tell our story, we can reach out to the un­reach­able and ed­u­cate them about the im­por­tance of the di­ver­sity of agri­cul­ture.”

Eck said trust can be built with con­sumers by farm­ers be­ing a pos­i­tive im­age on so­cial me­dia and read­ily avail­able to an­swer the un­known ques­tions con­sumers have about farm prac­tices. Eck’s par­ents, Mark and Vicky Eck, raised her on a grain and poul­try farm in In­gle­side, and she is a grad­u­ate of Queen Anne’s County High School.

“We are proud to see these young peo­ple join the other 49 stu­dents who have been re­cip­i­ents of MGPUB schol­ar­ships to fol­low a ca­reer path in agri­cul­ture,” Schmidt said. “This pro­gram is a strong in­vest­ment in our fu­ture to see farm­ing suc­cess­fully con­tinue in our area.”

PHO­TOS BY CON­NIE CON­NOLLY

Mary­land Grain Pro­duc­ers Uti­liza­tion Board Pres­i­dent Jen­nie Schmidt, left, pre­sents a $2,500 schol­ar­ship to Jamie Het­rick.

Mary­land Grain Pro­duc­ers Uti­liza­tion Board Pres­i­dent Jen­nie Schmidt, left, pre­sents Jenell Eck with a $2,500 schol­ar­ship.

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