Adams State Agribusiness Program keeps moving forward


The Adams State College Agribusiness program continues to move forward. Early in the fall 2008 semester the program hosted a day for local students to learn about the program and the campus in general and, for the second year, four students received National Western Scholarships.

On September 5, Dr. Zena Buser, assistant professor of business, organized an event intended to introduce high school students to the Adams State Agribusiness Program. The day included speakers, a campus tour and lunch.

Kenneth Hughes, a junior at Sanford High School, attended the program. He said the day was very informative. Ty Crowther, a senior at Sanford, agreed. "The event helped me make a decision about my career path."

Virginia Svaldi, Sanford School counselor, said she appreciates a program of "this caliber" in the San Luis Valley. "It is an exciting program, well matched for the valley."

Jim Erlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee addressed the students and others. "The best people on earth are those involved in agriculture." He went on to say that the farming industry use to employ 20 percent of the US population and now is less than 2 percent. "There is nothing more notable than a career in agriculture. What career is more important than feeding people," he added.

For the second year in a row, Adams State College students have received the National Western Scholarships. Martín Dias, freshman; Brady Schreibvogel, sophomore; Ashley Palmer, junior; and Amanda Gyling, junior, will receive $2,500 every academic year as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA.

"The scholarship helps to pay for books and tuition," Palmer said. "I am from an agricultural background, and it is nice to be known for that."

Dias said he is from a third generation farm in the San Luis Valley. "I was pleased to receive the scholarship."

According to the National Western website, The National Western Scholarship Trust awards scholarships to students who study agriculture and practice medicine in rural areas at colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming. The mission is to preserve the western lifestyle by providing a showcase for the agricultural industry through its emphasis on education, genetic development, innovative technology and offering the world's largest agricultural marketing opportunities.

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By Linda Relyea