Macie Putz, senior at West Delaware High School, has received a $1,000 scholarship from Champion Seed to support her career in agriculture.
Putz, sponsored for the scholarship by her great grandparents, plans to attend Iowa State University this fall for a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a minor in agriculture business. From there, Putz aims to either pursue veterinary school or start a career in seed sales.
The Ellsworth-based company selected Putz for her academic achievements, career choice and written essay response. In the essay, Putz detailed current challenges impacting crop farmers in America.
“The greatest challenge right now for corn and soybean farmers is not being able to get chemicals and fertilizer this planting season,” wrote Putz. “Inflation is another toll on farmers. Diesel prices are extremely high and land and rent prices are, as well.”
Putz offered ideas for solutions to those challenges, including the installation of oil pipelines to decrease fuel prices and to improve and make financing more affordable for young farmers.
The Champion Seed team congratulates Putz and other area seniors pursuing degrees in agriculture.
More information on the annual Champion Seed scholarship can be found at plantchampion.com/about/