The education foundation of the New England Farmers Union is offering a $500 scholarship to a student who will study agriculture at a 2-year or 4-year accredited institution. The scholarship supports Farmers Union’s mission to develop the next generation of farmer leaders who will succeed in agriculture and advocate for family farmers.

“This scholarship not only supports youth in agriculture, but also asks beginning farmers to think about their role in developing and shaping agriculture policy,” said Kate Snyder, director of membership and programs. “Working together, farmers can have a unified voice in policy-making. We look forward to having a robust group of applicants from across the region.”

Farmers Union is a member-driven organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for family farmers and fishermen through educational opportunities, co-operative endeavors, and civic engagement. It was founded in 2006 as a charter member of the National Farmers Union (NFU), America’s second-largest agricultural advocacy organization, founded in 1902 and based in Washington, D.C.

Each applicant must be a Farmers Union member, or the child of a member, to qualify. Information about the scholarship, including the application, which is due April 15 is here. The winner will be announced July 31. Other Farmers Union education initiatives include sending members each year to NFU’s College Conference on Co-operatives, Beginning Farmer Institute, Legislative Fly-Ins to Washington, D.C., and Women’s Conference.