Author: Parker Welch

Maryland Farm Bureau Announces New Ambassador Program

Applications are now open for a new scholarship and development program for Maryland’s Farm
Bureau member-families. After receiving entries from the county Farm Bureaus,
the state Farm Bureau will choose one female and one male ambassador to
represent Maryland Farm Bureau and the importance of agriculture’s role in the
state from December 2021 – December 2022.

Winners will receive $1,500 over their tenure as the ambassador, representing Maryland Farm Bureau at such
events as the Maryland State Fair and Day-in-Annapolis; reimbursements for
public appearances; and an all-expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau
Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership conference in February.

Contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 21 (by Sept. 15, 2021), pursuing either a two- or
four-year college degree. Each county Farm Bureau is eligible to nominate one
female and one male nominee. Of those, a judging panel will evaluate
contestants based on virtual interviews. From there, finalists will be called
to take part in the final selection at Maryland Farm Bureau’s annual meeting on
December 4 – 5. Contestants will share their prepared presentations and take
part in a “Discussion Meet,” with the winner being announced at the annual meeting.

Please share this application with full details with your child or grandchild. Student membership nominees are
also welcome. Applications are due by noon on September 15, 2021.

This program replaces the previous Miss Maryland Agriculture program. We look forward to opening up
pathways and learning of the promise of all young agriculturalists in this state.

Please contact Parker Welch, director of organization, for more information

Maryland Farm Bureau Awards 2021 Scholarships

Maryland Farm Bureau Awards 2021 Scholarships

Maryland Farm Bureau is proud to announce the scholarships for 2021. Three scholarships were awarded to students pursuing academic degrees in food, agriculture and/or natural resources disciplines, and two scholarships were awarded to students pursuing degrees in other academic disciplines or are minoring in food, agriculture, and/or natural resources.

The five scholarships, each valued at $2,000, were awarded to Makenzie Hereth of Woodbine, Mackenize Ridenour of Hagerstown, Marissa Roberts of Taneytown, Courtney Schrader of Earleville, and Lynne Thomas of Fallston.

Applicants were required to write an essay answering the following question: The increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters creates additional risk for farmers and ranchers. What tools and production practices can be engaged to reduce climate and weather risks?

Recipients or their parents/guardians are members of Maryland Farm Bureau. Selection was made by a scholarship committee designated by Maryland Farm Bureau.

Makenize Hereth of Howard County Farm Bureau is a freshman at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL. She is majoring in Agriculture Communications.

Mackenzie Ridenour of Washington County Farm Bureau is a freshman at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown, MD. She is majoring in Veterinarian Medicine.

Marissa Roberts of Carroll County Farm Bureau is a sophomore at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. She is majoring in Sports Management.

Courtney Schrader of Cecil County Farm Bureau is a sophomore at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. She is majoring in Business Management and Communications.

Lynne Thomas of Baltimore County Farm Bureau is a sophomore at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. She is majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education.

For more information about the scholarship program at Maryland Farm Bureau and within the county Farm Bureaus please visit www.mdfarmbureau.com/scholarships.

St. Mary’s County Board of Directors

St. Mary's County Board Of Directors

James K Raley Jr., President
 (301) 481-7927• jkraley@valentinesdelightfarms.com

Merl Evans, Vice President
(201) 481-1271 • lasertek@hotmail.com

Nicole C. Belkov, SecretaryTreasurer
(240) 309-4183 • secretary.stmcfb@gmail.com

Ryan Zimmerman, Regional Director
3358 Davidsonville Road • Davidsonville, MD 21035 • (717)-398-7365 • rzimmerman@marylandfb.org

DISTRICT DIRECTORS

DISTRICT 1
Thomas P. Trossbach  •  Joseph “Sonny” Trossbach 

DISTRICT 2
Stanley Boothe  •  Thomas Norris 

DISTRICT 3   
Jay Raley  •  Gabrielle Cory

DISTRICT 4
Brian Oliver  •  Donnie Braun, Jr. 

DISTRICT 5   
Jonah Hill Bearden.  •  Joseph Wood

DISTRICT 6
Tal Petty  •  Sarah Hayden

DISTRICT 7
Susan Vallandingham  •  Michael Van Ryswick

DISTRICT 8
Vacant  •  Rita Weaver

COMMITTEE DIRECTORS
Abigail Sivak  •  Women’s Leadership Committee

Charles Sasscer •  Young Farmer’s Committee

Allegany County Board of Directors

Allegany County Board Of Directors

Edward Robinette, Jr., President
(301) 478-2222  • trrobinette@outlook.com

Jack Miltenberger, Vice President
(304) 738-1093  • jackmiltenberger223@gmail.com

Grace Stonestreet, Secretary
(301) 707-8576 • stonestreetg@ymail.com

Georgene Mclaughlin, Treasurer
(301) 478-5548 • tiggermc@wildblue.net

Lindsay Stine, Regional Director
3358 Davidsonville Road • Davidsonville, MD 21035 • (240) 397-3568 (C) • lstine@mdfarmbureau.com

DISTRICT DIRECTORS

Hilda Miltenberger
Cathy Webb 
Lauren Wilson 
Guy Stonestreet
Robert Farrell 
Jennifer Northcraft 
Ian Reikie 
Carl Robinette

COMMITTEE DIRECTORS
Dana Cessna  •  Women’s Leadership Committee

N/A  •  Young Farmer’s Committ

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