Cody Kuester of West Point, and Kyle Kumpf of Hemingford, were named recipients of the 2013 Greater Horizon Scholarship, sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.
"Both of these young men showcase strong leadership skills and a passion for agriculture, and we are excited to assist them with their continued education. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used at their selected university," says Cathy Day, Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture interim executive director.
Kuester will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall to major in agronomy. The 2013 graduate of West Point High School is the son of Gary and Linda Kuester who are members of Cuming County Farm Bureau.
After completing college, Kuester, 18, plans to start a small cow/calf herd of his own while farming alongside his father. Throughout high school Kuester has worked on various farming operations to gain experience in crop scouting, sales and marketing and livestock production. He hopes to gain additional marketing and technology experience while pursuing his education.
Kumpf is a 2013 graduate of Hemingford High School and will attend the University of Wyoming to major in agribusiness this fall. He is the son of Box Butte County Farm Bureau members, Tim and Deb Kumpf.
Kumpf, 18, has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a farmer. After college graduation, he plans to return to the family farming operation to add additional business and technology experience. During high school Kumpf has worked on his family's farm as well as gaining experience at Box Butte County Seed and Specht Farms.
He was involved in FFA, serving as chapter vice president and participating in the state agronomy competition. Kumpf also played football and basketball, ran track, sang in the choir, participated in three-act and one-act plays, and was a member of student council, National Honor Society and much more.
"The scholarships is designed to encourage and assist those individuals who have a clear vision of returning to production agriculture after completing their higher education," according to Day.
Nebraska Farm Bureau Services, Inc. is the founding contributor for the Greater Horizon scholarship. Both scholarships will be awarded at the 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Grand Island, Neb., on Jan. 25, 2014.
The Greater Horizon Scholarship is awarded to a student or students ages 18 to 35 who are from a Nebraska Farm Bureau member-family and who plan to study an agriculture-related field full-time at a college or university. Recipients must plan to return to production agriculture.