Two Moscow Mills natives recently received scholarships to pursue agricultural careers.

Dane Stuckey and Ashlyn Stuckey were awarded two of 48 scholarships given to students from seven states totaling over $169,000 by the Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation, the philanthropic arm of sustainable and humane meat pioneer Niman Ranch, during the organization’s 22nd-annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Award Ceremony. 

Recipients will use the funds to help defray the costs of higher education so they can return to the farm and support rural agriculture communities. Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation has awarded 321 scholarships to support the next generation of farmers.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the many people and companies that stepped up and donated to our scholarship program during a challenging year to support this important cause,” said Drew Calvert, executive director of the Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation. “We had more applicants than ever before for our scholarships, and thankfully, our community stepped up with our largest donations in the Foundation’s history to help these hard-working young people.”

Niman Ranch’s network of more than 750 independent farmers and ranchers have seen stability with their program as the nation’s food system underwent unprecedented difficulties with supply and demand. 

Thanks to Niman Ranch’s resilient model and a farmer-focused program, there has been an increase in interest with nearly 70 new farmers in the queue to join the well-respected brand. 

Farmers and ranchers committed to sustainability and humane animal care who are interested in joining the Niman Ranch program can learn more at: www.nimanranch.com/become-a-niman-ranch-farmer/.