Rulfs named NNY Ag Development Program co-chair
Jon Rulfs, co-owner of Adirondack Farms in Peru, N.Y., has been named co-chair of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, a farmer-driven research and technical assistance program serving Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
Rulfs, who serves on the Northeast Dairy Producers Association board, is one of three co-chairs. He joins dairymen Jon Greenwood, Madrid, and Joe Giroux, Plattsburgh to lead the farmer-member advisory committee and commodity-focused subcommittees of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.
Rulfs owns the 2,500-cow, 5,000-acre dairy in partnership with Jake Swyers and Rocklyn Giroux.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program recently announced 27 farm research projects underway across the NNY region in 2014. The projects range in focus from dairy, field crops, fruit and vegetable production to livestock and crop pest and disease control and agricultural environmental stewardship. Learn more at www.nnyagdev.org.
CDE Foundation offers scholarships
Outstanding students with an interest in the dairy industry can apply to receive a $1,000 “Student Leader” scholarship, offered by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania. Applications are being accepted until June 1, with up to seven scholarships being awarded to qualified students for the 2014-2015 academic year. In 2013, six scholarships were awarded to outstanding students.
New guidelines and application have been released for the “Student Leader” Scholarship Program, which is intended to provide recognition, encouragement and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in academic programs that support the dairy industry. The guidelines are intended to maintain consistency in the application process and objectivity in the review process.
The changes for the 2014 enrollment period include:
· All applications must be completed using the application form available online at http://centerfordairyexcellence.org/student-leader-scholarships/. Applications must be typed, and all question responses must strictly follow word count limitations.
· One of the scholarships will be designated for an incoming freshman, with the remaining scholarships (up to six) awarded to upperclassmen. Only full-time undergraduate students can apply for the scholarship.
· Students may apply for and receive the scholarship in subsequent years, but a student can only receive the $1,000 scholarship two times during their undergraduate academic career. Students employed by the Center for Dairy Excellence as an intern or in another capacity are not eligible to apply for the scholarship during the period in which they are working for the center.