Farm Credit Mid-America reaffirmed its support for Ivy Tech Community College’s Agriculture Program by making a $70,000 commitment to endow scholarships at each of the college’s seven agriculture campuses over the next six years. This commitment follows a previous $70,000 donation to Ivy Tech in 2013 to fund enhancements to the ag classrooms, and underscores what it sees as the program having quickly proved its worth as a significant player in promoting farming and agriculture.
The announcement came during the “Evening on the Farm” program in September. The recent event featured an appearance by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who highlighted Ivy Tech’s growing importance and contribution to Indiana agriculture. The program was held at the college’s student-run agronomy farm at the Lafayette campus.
“Supporting agriculture and rural communities are two of the key reason Farm Credit exists,” said Natasha Cox, Farm Credit Mid-America Regional Vice President for Northwest Indiana. “In a short period of time, Ivy Tech’s Agriculture Program has demonstrated its ability to prepare its students with the knowledge and skills to enter today’s agriculture industry, whether for production agriculture or agribusiness. It has also been effective in developing the young men and women who will be tomorrow’s agricultural leaders. Both of those values-assisting young and beginning farmers and developing future leaders-are also two of Farm Credit’s core values. We’re very pleased to assist Ivy Tech in those endeavors.”
Since its inception in the fall of 2007, Ivy Tech’s Agricultural Program has graduated 157 students. Those associate degree graduates have earned their degrees in agribusiness management, crop production, livestock production and precision agriculture. The “Pathway to Purdue” program also allows Ivy Tech students to co-enroll at Purdue’s College of Agriculture in preparation for a bachelor’s degree. Ivy Tech’s ag program has grown to more than 500 students statewide.
“Since starting our agriculture program we have worked very hard to quickly develop it into a valued contributor to Indiana’s rich agricultural resources and heritage,” said Jim Brehm, Ivy Tech Executive Director of Resource Development. “We are pleased and honored that Farm Credit Mid-America has chosen to partner with us as we continue to develop our Agriculture Program.”