The Sacramento Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education was established in July 2000. Its primary purpose is to provide scholastic financial awards to high school and college students continuing their education at the university level. We have two scholarship programs. The first is for students majoring in agricultural related areas such as animal science, bio-technology, veterinary medicine, Ag business, and aquaculture. The second program gives scholarships to children of agricultural employees studying in any area.
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President – Lindsey Liebig
Board of Directors:
Vice President – Mindy DeRohan
Secretary/Treasurer – Brad van Loben Sels
Fun Facts about Agriculture!
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Farming began around 10,000 B.C. during the First Agricultural Revolution, when nomadic tribes began to farm. Additionally, this is when the eight so-called “founder crops” of agriculture appeared: 1) emmer wheat, 2) einkorn wheat, 3) hulled barley, 4) peas, 5) lentils, 6) bitter vetch, 7) chick peas, and 8) flax.
Fruit farming began sometime between 6000 and 3000 B.C. Figs were one of the first cultivated fruit crops.
Livestock farming feeds billions of people and employs 1.3 billion people. That means about 1 in 5 people on Earth work in some aspect of the livestock farming.
Popular movies about farming include Country (1984), The River (1984), Out of Africa(1985), Giant (1956), and The Big Country (1958).
Approximately 97% of U.S. farms are operated by families, family partnerships, or family corporations.
Farm and ranch families comprise just 2% of the U.S. population.
Farmers today produce 262% more food with 2% fewer inputs (such as seeds, labor, fertilizers) than they did in 1950.
California Ag in the Classroom
Our state is dependent upon the success of agriculture, yet today, we are faced with bigger challenges than ever before. Over the last century, children have become further removed from the land that feeds and clothes us. In fact, only 2% of the population is directly involved in production agriculture and many children, when asked where food comes from, will reply "the grocery store!" With more than 7 million students in California, it is essential that these children—the next generation of consumers, parents and decision-makers—grow up with an understanding of agriculture’s critical contributions to our society. California Agriculture in the Classroom provides free resources to teachers.
Each year the Ag Foundation awards scholarships to high school students pursuing careers in agriculture. Current year applications will be posted to this page beginning January 1 with a deadline date of April 1.
Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Recipients!
2015 Scholarship Recipients
Tristan Bess hopes to involve himself and Montana State University in setting a leading precedent in the convergence of modern beef cattle ranch management and rangeland ecology. Tristan enjoys working ranch horses through the traditional Californio-vaquero style. Tristan hopes to apply his newfound knowledge in rangeland ecology to improve the quality of rangelands and beef sustainability. Hide Bio
Abby Carlson is a 2014 graduate of Elk Grove High School. She is attending CSU Fresno and studying Agriculture Communications. She was recently selected to be a part of the CSU Fresno Jordan College Honors Program. She plans to further her education with law school, and become an agriculture lobbyist. Hide Bio
Gabrielle Franke will be completing her education at UC Davis as a senior in the Fall of 2016. She is studying Managerial Economics with an emphasis in agriculture. She is an alumni of Galt FFA and served as California State FFA Secretary from 2013-2014.Gabrielle currently works as student events assistant in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and aspires to a career in agriculture business. Hide Bio
Brittany Gloistein graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2015, was an active member of 4-H and FFA, and enjoyed raising and showing lambs at the Sacramento County Fair. She currently is majoring in Biological Sciences at Sacramento State University and is aiming to complete a Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences. With her degree, she hopes to go to medical school and become a doctor. There are multiple paths that she could go with this degree including; veterinarian, family doctor, biomedical engineering, and more. Her interests in school are in nutrition, animal science, agriculture, health and exercise, anatomy and physiology, and math. Hide Bio
Prentyce was an active member in her FFA chapter, participating on over 11 Career Development Events and earning 5 State Champion Titles. Not only was she active in FFA, she was also involved in her school and community. Prentyce was a part of the Elk Grove High School Cheer Team for four years and acquired over 150 hours of community service. Prentyce plans to attend California State University Chico in the fall to earn a degree in animal science. Hide Bio
Courtney was class of 2016 Liberty Ranch High School Graduate. She is currently attending California State University Chico majoring in Agricultural Education. She plans to further her education by minoring in Agricultural Communications. Courtney plans to become a California FFA advisor and help develop young agriculture advocates. Hide Bio
Brooke Niederhauser attended Galt High School, competed in California High School Rodeo, and was an active member of FFA as a chapter officer and by competing on judging teams and in speaking contests. Brooke now attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Equine Science, to eventually become a large animal veterinarian and follow her passion in agriculture. She is involved in several agricultural clubs and works on her family's cattle ranch. Brooke also competes on the Cal Poly Rodeo Team and worked hard to put on Poly Royal, one of the best college rodeos, as the Sponsorship Coordinator. Hide Bio
Evan will be entering his second year at UCLA as a Business Economics major. After earning Boy Scouts of America's highest rank of Eagle Scout, he has continued service to the community by joining on campus organizations dedicated to serving the area around Los Angeles. Evan has continued his standard of Academic Excellence and was on the Dean's List for the 2016 Fall Quarter. Hide Bio
Danelle Plummer is a 2017 Liberty Ranch High School graduate who is currently attending Tulsa Welding School in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she plans to obtain her welding certifications. She hopes to specialize as a TIG welder with a minor of pipe-welding. Hide Bio
Ian Reece is a senior at Galt High School. He has had success in the FFA, serving as the Chapter Reporter and as a member of the Marketing Plan and Extemporaneous Speaking teams, as well as in athletics as a captain of his football and wrestling teams. He plans on attending California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo where he will pursue a degree in Agriculture Systems Management. Following graduation, he plans on pursuing a career involved in Agribusiness and Ag advocacy. Hide Bio
Victoria Reller is currently a senior at Liberty Ranch High School. She has been involved in the 4-H horse project since she was 9 years old, and finished out the program last year by achieving the highest Rank Book Award. Victoria also have been involved in FFA all 4 years of high school, and had the privilege of representing her school at the National FFA Convention during her junior year in the Agricultural Sales competition. Hide Bio
Alyssa is currently a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo pursuing a major in Agriculture Science with a concentration in teaching and a minor in Ornamental Horticulture. She developed a passion for agricultural education after her involvement in the Future Farmers of America. She is currently involved in Cal Poly's Ag Ambassador Club, an employee at the Poly Plant Shop, and a member of The Cal Poly Floral team, and Alyssa continues to look for more opportunities to get involved with and advocate for the agriculture industry. Hide Bio
Riley Waterman is a 2017 graduate of Pleasant Grove High School where he has served as a Chapter FFA officer for two years. He owns and operates a small blackberry business, as well as raising and showing beef cattle. Riley plans to attend Modesto Junior College then transfer to Fresno State. He plans to study Crop Production and Farm Management in order to work in production farming in the Central Valley. Hide Bio
Sadie is an active of member of the Ag Ambassador program at CRC and an intern with the Sacramento County Farm Bureau. She had the privilege of being a facilitator for Greenhand Leadership Conferences this last fall. And, Sadie looks forward to attending Texas Tech University in the fall to Major in Ag Communications and minor in Plant Science. Hide Bio