Rushville Republican

May 28, 2013

Local students awarded United Producers Inc. (UPI) 2013 scholarship

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Joel Geise of Rushville and Connor Cook of Glenwood, both recently received a $1,000 United Producers Inc. scholarship.

Geise, the son of Kevin and Carol Geise, currently attends Black Hawk College studying agriculture production and agriculture business management.

Cook, the son of Jeff Cook, currently attends Black Hawk College studying agribusiness and technology.

“The future of agriculture depends on those who are currently considering and pursuing a career in this critical industry,” said UPI President and CEO Dennis Bolling. “We want to do all we can to encourage students who have an interest in agribusiness, farming, veterinary medicine or other agriculture-based industries to pursue their careers and this is our way of helping them do so.”

Two $1,000 scholarships from each of UPI’s 16 districts were available to eligible students.

Those selected were required to be a Preferred Member of UPI or a child or grandchild of a Preferred Member; one scholarship was awarded to a 2012 graduating high school senior enrolled in a college or technical school, studying an agriculture-related field, and one scholarship was awarded a student currently attending a college or technical school, studying an agriculture-related field.

United Producers Inc. serves more than 35,000 livestock producers in the Midwest United States. UPI offers livestock marketing services to farmer members, along with risk management and credit services. United Producers Inc. is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information visit