(Posted Thu. Feb 28th, 2013)

Feb. 28: The National Corn Growers Association, in conjunction with cosponsor BASF, honored five college students with scholarships this week at Commodity Classic 2013 in Kissimmee, Fla. This year, the scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.

This year, the scholarship has been renamed the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program, in memory of Ohio corn grower and NCGA colleague Bill Berg. A long-standing member of the NCGA Grower Services Action Team and true believer in the scholarship program, Bill unexpectedly passed away last year.

“Anyone who ever met Bill knew he had a passion for agriculture; this seemed like a fitting way to honor his memory and support the future of the industry he loved so much,” said NCGA Pam Johnson.

The program will continue its mission of recognizing academic excellence to foster the future of agriculture.

"This is the sixth year we've recognized students who are in a position to make a real impact in agriculture," said Brandon Hunnicutt, NCGA's Grower Services Action Team Chair. "The support provided by BASF allows us to ease the financial burden on these students, allowing them to focus on their education."

Recipients of the NCGA scholarship include:

· Emily Brundick of Argyle, Missouri – a first-year graduate student at the University of Missouri, studying agricultural economics.

· Kyle Parmley of Perry, Oklahoma – a junior at Oklahoma State University, studying plant and soil sciences.

· Nicholas Peterson of Clearlake, Minnesota – a junior at the University of Minnesota, studying applied plant science.

· Sterling Schnepf of Granville, Iowa – a junior at Iowa State University, studying animal science.

· Brent Sexton of Rockwell City, Iowa – a junior at Iowa State University, studying animal science.

“BASF is committed to the future of agriculture and our students play a huge role in sustaining the livelihood of the industry,” said Paul Rea, Vice President, U.S. Crop Protection, BASF. “These students are passionate about agriculture, and we look forward to watching them grow into the leaders and advocates of our business.”

For more information on the scholarship program, click here.