In an effort to promote agriculture at all levels, the conservation districts award scholarships to high school graduates who are heading to college.

In an effort to promote agriculture at all levels, the conservation districts award scholarships to high school graduates who are heading to college.

East Otero Conservation District awarded a $500 scholarship to Payton (Toki) Hirakata, a senior at Swink High School. She plans on attending Colorado State University, where she will major in agriculture business.

Olney Boone Conservation District awarded two $500 scholarships. Alexander Proctor will attend Colorado State University. He is interested in food safety, food sustainability, and the potential of organic farming and will double major in agriculture business and soil and crop sciences. Justice Dean Reed has been accepted at Pueblo Community College. He has a strong agriculture background and is open-ended on his major.

West Otero Timpas Conservation District awarded Tess Tucker their $500 scholarship. She plans on majoring in journalism with a focus on agriculture journalism.

There is a bumper sticker that reads: “No Farms; No Food.” Since we all like to eat, it is imperative that students study and seek careers in agriculture. We are proud to sponsor these students and wish them well in their future endeavors.