EDINBURG – Edinburg North High School student Cynthia Perez and Johnny G. Economedes High School student Dario Salinas have each received a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Perez and Salinas, both of Edinburg, will study within the Texas A&M University System with Perez studying environmental engineering at Texas A&M – Kingsville and Salinas studying animal science at Texas A&M- College Station.

            According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, both of recipients’ career fields are set to have upwards of 9% - 11% growth over the next seven years.

The future of agriculture relies on talented young people like Perez & Salinas to fill thousands of jobs in a variety of fields, such as plant science, engineering, communications, finance and more. Grow Ag Leaders encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides scholarships to support their education.

Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in ag-related fields. To be considered, each applicant is required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. Thanks to farmers and a successful six-state pilot launch in 2014, the program was expanded across the country. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students this year. For more information, visitGrowAgLeaders.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at FoodDialogues.com.