Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program

The Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program is for college students who have an interest in agribusiness and cooperatives.The program is a great opportunity for interaction between students and agribusiness leadership, exposing students to different segments of the agricultural cooperative sector, and enhancing students’ preparedness to enter careers in the agriculture industry.

Each scholarship recipient must attend the Farmer Cooperatives Conference, November 6-8, 2019 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Students will be recognized at the conference welcome reception, and will be paired with agribusiness leadership during the conference luncheon. It is expected that award recipients will submit a short statement outlining their experience at the Farmer Cooperatives Conference.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at any University of Wisconsin System school are eligible.
  • Scholarships are based on 2019-20 academic year status.
  • Recipients must attend the entire Farmer Cooperatives Conference (defined as arriving no later than 6 pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 and leaving no earlier than 12 pm on Friday, November 8, 2019).

Award Description:
The Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship includes:

  • Full conference registration,
  • Travel stipend of $100 for transportation to St. Paul, MN,
  • Two nights lodging at the conference hotel, and
  • Money to cover meals and incidental expenses not covered by conference registration.

To Apply
Please use the link below to submit your application


Post conference requirements: A paragraph highlighting your conference experience and the impact on your education and future career prospects.

Selection Procedure  & Schedule

  • Applications due: October 11, 2019
  • Students notified: October 18, 2019
  • Students attend Farmer Cooperatives Conference: November 6-8, 2019
  • Submit post-conference report: December 6, 2019

Contact info: 

Megan Webster, Outreach Specialist, UW Center for Cooperatives,, 608-890-1048

The Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Renk Agribusiness Institute and the William and Harold Moy Young Leaders Scholarship Fund.

During lunch, all the students were placed at tables with cooperative leaders. I sat next to the CEO/President of Landmark. We talked for much of the lunch. I mentioned my interest in cropping systems careers and agronomic or dairy nutrition internships for the summer. He stressed the importance of a business or ag finance knowledge in these and any careers; crop scouts can make recommendations to farmers about what pesticides or fertilizers to apply or what mechanical and cultural practices to integrate, but not much will be worth their time if they can’t analyze the profitability of such suggestions. We also discussed qualities of a competitive employer and the high demand for agriculturalists in the workforce. This interaction with a leader in agribusiness reaffirmed my decision to both pursue an agricultural career and diversify my interests by gaining a certificate in business management for ag and life sciences.

Jessica Mehre, Farmer Cooperatives Young Leaders Scholarship Program participant, 2018