ND Grain Dealers Association

The North Dakota Grain Dealers Educational Foundation has announced the names of its scholarship winners for the 2018-2019 academic year. Eight students will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Award winners, hometowns, colleges and curriculums in which the students are enrolled are as follows:

Bismarck State College

Cheyenne Bahm, Mandan, N.D., in Agricultural Business, and Macey Ziesch, Pingree, N.D., in Agribusiness & Agronomy.

North Dakota State University

Jadon Buntjer, Long Prairie, Minn., in Agricultural Economics; Mackenzie Derry, Thompson, N.D., in Crop and Weed Sciences; Kody Durbin, Crary, N.D., in Crop and Weed Sciences; Amber Hermanson, West Fargo in Horticulture; Kelsey Pladson, Hatton, N.D., in Food Science & Safety, and Jakob Schmid, Oberon, N.D., in Agricultural Economics.

The Foundation awarded a grant of $700 to the NDSU Department of Soil Science for the purchase of a soil test lit to determine plant available nitrogen and phosphorous and $900 to the N.D. State College of Science, in Wahpeton, for the purchase of tillage equipment which will help maintain small areas in their land lab.

Steve Hepper was re-elected president of the Educational Foundation. Steve is the grain merchandiser at Hubbard Feeds, Inc. of Bismarck, and director of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association. Reelected as vice president was Joe Peterson, operations manager at CHS-Sun Prairie in Bowbells, and director of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association.

Re-elected as directors were: Alex Richard, grain division manager at Maple River Grain and Agronomy and director of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association; Elton Solseng, retired instructor, Agricultural Systems Management at NDSU; Steve Strege, retired executive vice-president of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association and Kenan Layden, ag instructor, Bismarck State College.

Stuart Letcher and Cheryal Welle, both of Fargo, serve as executive vice president and office manager respectively.

The Foundation was incorporated in 1980 by the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association to promote agribusiness education in North Dakota. Primary emphasis is on students entering the grain marketing industry or other agribusiness. The Foundation has awarded about $230,000 in scholarships and industrial aid grants over 38 academic years.

Students interested in obtaining more information or applications for next year’s awards should contact the North Dakota Grain Dealers Educational Foundation office at 2417 N University Drive, Suite A, Fargo ND, 58102-1820.

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