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AgriBank and AFA Announce Scholarship Recipients

Kansas City, Mo., June 4, 2019 — AgriBank and Agriculture Future of America (AFA) have selected Taylor Sime and Rachel Buehler for a unique scholarship program.

The William J. Collins Scholarship is part of the AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship program. It gives children of Farm Credit employees within the AgriBank District planning to pursue agricultural careers access to premier personal and professional development and financial assistance for their college education. This year’s two outstanding students are pursuing agriculture-related, four-year degrees and are passionate about the future of the agriculture industry.

Sime, of Soldiers Grove, Wis., will begin her studies this fall at University of Wisconsin – River Falls. After completing her degree, she hopes to become a veterinarian. Buehler, of Sterling, Neb., will be a freshman this fall at Southeast Community College  Beatrice. After obtaining her associate degree, she plans to continue her education in agricultural management and production at Northwest Missouri State University. A career goal of Buehler’s is to one day own her own cattle ranch.

With a commitment to investing in each scholar’s leadership development, the scholarship program also includes sponsorship to AFA Leaders Conference. The conference is AFA’s key leader development event, providing soft-skill training and connecting students with their peers and industry professionals.

AFA will welcome over 800 students from across the nation to Kansas City on Nov. 7-10 for the 2019 AFA Leaders Conference. College students pursuing careers in agriculture and food may apply for Conference until Sept. 16. For more information about the conference, visit


Taylor Sime, Soldiers Grove, Wis., University of Wisconsin – River Falls
Rachel Buehler, Sterling, Neb., Southeast Community College – Beatrice 


AFA builds bridges for young leaders to foster engagement and innovation in food and agriculture. With program participation increasing 30 percent in the last five years, AFA leader development programs have impacted 19,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $9 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit or contact Traci Via at


AgriBank is part of the customer-owned, nationwide Farm Credit System. Under Farm Credit’s cooperative structure, AgriBank is primarily owned by 14 local Farm Credit Associations, which provide financial products and services to rural communities and agriculture. AgriBank obtains funds and provides funding and financial solutions to those Associations. The AgriBank District covers a 15-state area stretching from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas. For more information, please visit

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