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The deadline for applications for the new 4-H and FFA reporters in Midwest Messenger has been pushed back one week.

The writing term will last 26 weeks (2 quarters) and the student will be responsible for producing a biweekly report of approximately 250 words updating Midwest Messenger readers on the status of the farming operation they plan to cover. Each student will need to have a personal connection with the producer who they will interview and report on (i.e. parent, grandparent, family member, 4-H leader, etc.). The student will interview the producer, make general observations about the operation’s progress and answer questions related to the growing season or livestock production cycle.

Application will need to be completed along with a sample writing of about 250 words describing what is currently happening at the operation they plan to cover and why they want to participate in the scholarship program. A three-person panel will review all applications and select two students quarterly to participate. The main criteria for selection will be based on:

1) Participation in FFA or 4-H

2) Connection to a farm operation

3) General interest in agriculture, communications or journalism

4) Ability to write a quality story (with some coaching)

5) Based in Nebraska or Kansas

Completed applications must be received by Friday, June 7, to be eligible for reports that will begin July 1. Applications must be sent to: Ashley Olson, Midwest Messenger, Box 239, Tekamah NE 68061 or ashley.olson@lee.net.