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(Amarillo, TX) — Outstanding 4-H and FFA high school students are earning prominent recognition for their dedication to agriculture through AgTexas Farm Credit Services’ AgYouth of the Month program at a banquet on Monday night, April 23, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in downtown Amarillo at 6:30 p.m.


“We are honoring some of the best and brightest young minds in Texas with this program,” says AgTexas Farm Credit CEO Tim McDonald. He adds, “These students represent the next generation of agriculture in Texas and the United States. It’s our privilege to pay tribute to their achievements thus far and encourage them for the future.”


Graduating senior students from their local FFA or 4-H program at high schools within counties that AgTexas serves received certificates and gift cards from November 2017 to this month (April). The culmination of the program will be at Monday’s banquet, where nine students will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship check to help further their education ($9,000 in all). AgTexas is presenting a total of $21,000 in scholarships among its three regions.


According to McDonald, the 4-H and FFA programs help introduce many of their participants to agriculture, allowing students to learn and apply science and technology to make farming and ranching more productive and offer promising futures.


“We are very proud to have created the AgYouth of the Month program because it brings positive attention to young people who are investing in our state and nation as well as their own futures,” added McDonald.


Featured speakers will be Hall-of-Fame Rodeo Announcer and AgTexas spokesman Bob Tallman and Jacey Snapp, a student at Texas Tech University and 2016-17 recipient of an AgTexas scholarship as an AgYouth of the Month honoree from Lubbock Cooper FFA.


About AgTexas Farm Credit Services: AgTexas is a rural lending cooperative, providing financing for real estate and operating capital, as well as insurance, leasing and cash management services for the Ag industry since 1934. Today, AgTexas serves approximately 3,500 members in 43 counties through 13 offices, including Amarillo, Dimmitt, Dumas, Friona, Muleshoe and Plainview. In the Panhandle, AgTexas serves Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Floyd, Hale, Hansford, Hartley, Hutchinson, Lamb, Moore, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Sherman and Swisher counties.

Rhea Gonzales


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