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View from the Cab: Opportunities await

By Kent Casson

If you know a college student, tell them about some exciting scholarship opportunities coming up with the Illinois Pork Producers.

Scholarship applications are now open for 2024 from the Illinois Pork Producers Association with all applications due soon.

IPPA proudly awards nine students with a scholarship every school year and three levels are awarded including three gold scholarships at $2,000 each, three silver scholarships at $1500 each or three bronze scholarships at $1,000 each.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or be enrolling to begin in the fall of 2024 to be eligible. IPPA scholarships are open to students pursuing any undergraduate degree at any two or four-year college. Previous winners may apply again.

IPPA hosts the Adam Fesser scholarship each year which is sponsored by Mid-Illinois Pork Producers Association. One award of $1,000 will be given and applicants must be an undergraduate at a university, college or community college for the fall semester of 2024. Applicants must also have been a 4-H or FFA member and an Illinois resident. Students applying for the Adam Fesser Scholarship must complete an application form and a typed essay identifying the reason they want to pursue a career in agriculture as well as provide transcripts, a list of achievements and statement of financial need.

The winner is determined by the Adam Fesser Scholarship Committee. Those who have previously won are not eligible to apply again.

Another award includes the Ryan & Friends Scholarship, sponsored by the Purebred Swine Council. Detailed information on this scholarship is available by e-mailing Chuck Gocken at

To apply or find out more, go to

How about that up and down weather last week? Crazy to think we went from the middle 70s one day to the upper 20s the next with wind chills hovering in the single digits. I guess this is Mother Nature’s way of giving us a tease before the upcoming spring planting season.

I did notice a few tractors and sprayers traveling down the road the other day when the sun was shining and shed doors were wide open in the countryside as some prepare for another season.


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