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