Marlena Long, of Paris, has earned $1,000 toward her freshman year college costs from the Farm Kids for College Scholarship of National Farmers, Ames, Iowa. The scholarship program is for agricultural majors.
A senior at Paris R-II High School, Long plans to attend University of Missouri to major in biochemistry/pre-medicine and agricultural business or leadership. "I plan to always be involved in my family farm," Long said.
Long’s Supervised Agriculture Experiences in FFA have involved her development of a small Shorthorn cow/calf herd operation and a test plot for hybrids and traits using precision agriculture technology.
Long has been involved in FFA throughout high school, serving as Paris chapter president, Area IV president and has participated on several state and nationally-honored FFA Career Development Event teams, including Knowledge, Soils, Sales and Meats. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and serves as treasurer. She is class vice president and has lettered in cheerleading, basketball and golf for four years.
Additionally, Long has participated in 4-H, serving as president, and now as adviser. She attended the Missouri Legislative Academy, University of Missouri Animal Science Academy, National 4-H Congress and the Show Pig All-Star Academy. She has also been involved in the Missouri Junior Shorthorn Association and spoke at the 2016 Missouri Pork Association Expo.
"Marlena will make a difference for our industry as she matures and becomes a leader and spokesperson," said Chip Kemp, director of member and industry relations for the American Simmental Association SimGenetics.
National Farmers markets milk, livestock and crops for thousands of American agricultural producers. For more information about the organization, visit nationalfarmers.com or call 800-247-2110.