Seedstock Plus Youth Leaders in Agriculture Scholarship Recipients Announced

LINCOLN, Neb. – The American Junior Gelbvieh Association (AGJA) is excited to announce the recipients of the Seedstock Plus Youth Leaders in Agriculture Scholarship. Five individuals are selected to receive the scholarship to assist with travel to The Summit: IGS Youth Leadership Conference. This year’s recipients are Annalee Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska; Jaycie Forbes, De Smet, South Dakota; Preston Dunn, St. John, Kansas; Isabel Lowe, Adrian, Missouri; and Ian Dunn, St. John, Kansas.

Annalee Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, is the recipient of the $1,000 Seedstock Plus Youth Leaders in Agriculture Scholarship. Starr plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she will double major in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. Starr is thankful for the beef industry knowledge she has gained on her family’s ranch in the sandhills of Nebraska but looks forward to learning more about the industry this summer at The Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jaycie Forbes, Preston Dunn, Isabel Lowe and Ian Dunn, are the recipients of the $500 Seedstock Plus Youth Leaders in Agriculture Scholarships.

Jaycie Forbes, De Smet, South Dakota, is currently attending South Dakota State University where she is majoring in Agricultural Communications. Forbes is excited to attend The Summit to develop her leadership skills, meet industry leaders and learn more about agricultural production practices in the Southwest United States.

Preston Dunn, St. John, Kansas, is a student at Kansas State University. Dunn credits his passion for raising beef cattle to his spark of wanting to learn more about the industry through attending conferences like The Summit. He not only enjoys building his leadership skills and learning more about the industry, but he capitalizes on the opportunity to grow his network by meeting fellow conference attendees.

Isabel Lowe, Adrian, Missouri, is a student at the Adrian R-III School District and plans to pursue a career as an animal chiropractor and livestock judge. Lowe looks forward to learning more about current issues facing the beef industry and expanding her leadership skills to make her a better advocate for the agricultural industry and the Gelbvieh breed.

Ian Dunn, St. John, Kansas, currently attends St. John-Hudson High School. Dunn is attending The Summit to invest more into his cow herd by learning about new technology in the beef industry, visiting cattle operations, and meeting new friends.

The Summit is an opportunity for juniors to gain industry knowledge and leadership skills that can be used in the future, and is also a place where juniors are able to create new friendships, experience a college campus, and be exposed to current issues affecting the agriculture industry. The Summit will be held July 20-23, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.