MURRAY, Ky. — Two Murray State University students were accepted into the Farm Credit Mid-America College Leaders Scholarship Program. This program provides professional development opportunities to students pursuing careers in agriculture.

Caleb Brannon of Puryear, Tennessee, and Benjamin Hornback of Slaughters, Kentucky, are participating in the two-year program that awards 20 students with $5,000 scholarships and learning sessions in professional growth and financial education. Both Brannon and Hornback were chosen based on academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement.

“Ben and Caleb represent the quality and dedication that cause students in the Hutson School of Agriculture to shine among their peers locally, nationally and internationally,” said Brian Parr, Murray State agriculture sciences department chair. “Both gentlemen are hard-working and dedicated students who will undoubtedly be successful in the field of agriculture. I am proud that these gentlemen were accepted into this prestigious leadership development program and feel confident that they will represent themselves, the Hutson School of Agriculture and Murray State University with the highest degree of professionalism.”

“We are thrilled that Ben and Caleb are taking advantage of such great leadership opportunities from one of the nation’s premier agricultural financial intermediaries,” said Michelle Santiago, Murray State agribusiness economics associate professor. “From day one, these two students have shown their commitment to their degree program, agriculture, their peers and their communities. We appreciate Farm Credit Mid-America for opening up this opportunity to agricultural students at universities across their entire four-state region. Both Ben and Caleb have gained so much from this competitive networking and professional development program.”

“Scholarships are a direct example of our investment in the future of agriculture,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Farm Credit Mid-America. “We’re proud to support students with career aspirations in agriculture. These students, their skills and their passion for the industry inspire optimism for the future of rural communities and agriculture.”

About Farm Credit Mid-America: Farm Credit Mid-America is a financial services cooperative and has served the credit needs of farmers and rural residents across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee for a century. Backed by the strength of nearly 100,000 customers and $22 billion in assets, Farm Credit Mid-America provides loans for real estate, operating, equipment, housing and related services such as crop insurance and vehicle, equipment and building leases. For more information, call 1-800-444-FARM or at e-farmcredit.com.

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