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Farm Credit East Provides Scholarships to Support Agricultural Education

June 11, 2018

Farm Credit East recently awarded $6,000 in scholarships to support eight educators who will be attending Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) programs this summer where they will learn to teach CASE courses to high school students in Farm Credit East’s territory.

CASE is a project of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. CASE courses integrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts with hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Since 2009, CASE has certified 1,539 teachers from 45 states, including 67 teachers from the Northeast states Farm Credit East serves.

“Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of Northeast agriculture. The CASE program provides a strong educational foundation as students prepare to become the next generation of leaders,” said Michael Brooks, Farm Credit East director and chair of the Board’s AgInitiative Committee.

Three of the teachers awarded with scholarships will attend the Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) institute. Other teachers will be attending courses in Plant Science, Animal Science and Agricultural Power and Technology.

The teachers receiving scholarships include:

  • Sheri Boardman, Fonda-Fultonville Central School, NY
  • Taylor Clifford, Galway Central School, NY
  • Jessica DeVries, Unadilla Valley Central School, NY
  • Robert Gagne, Governor Wentworth Regional School District, NH
  • Melvin Phelps, Lowville Academy and Central School, NY
  • Joel Rudderow, Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School, NJ
  • Chris Smith, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School, NY
  • Kylie Smith, Pavilion Central School, NY


For more information:
Contact: Kristie Matuszewski
Telephone: 800.562.2235