Two to receive agriculture scholarships


Staff report



SIDNEY– Farm Credit Mid-America will be presenting scholarships to Amanda Seger, of Fort Loramie, and Lora Berning, of Anna, at the Shelby County Fair on July 27.

The scholarships will be presented in the Kent Feeds Arena 1 during the dairy show contest.

Sixty-one college-bound students were awarded scholarships from Farm Credit Mid-America, a $20 billion financial services cooperative serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The scholarships, totaling more than $80,000, were awarded based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and school and community involvement. The recipients also submitted essays about their passion for agriculture.

Berning is a student at the Wright State University Lake Campus. She is the daughter of Patrick and Alice Berning and is an upcoming sophomore studying agribusiness. Berning credits her passion for agriculture rooting from growing up on her family’s dairy farm.

She serves as the President of the Shelby County Junior Fair Board and helped establish Wright State Collegiate Young Farmers. Following graduation, Berning would like to pursue a career with USDA or a farm lending institution to help farmers with their financial decisions.

Seger will be studying at The Ohio State University in the fall. She is the daughter of Ken and Janice Seger of Fort Loramie and is an incoming freshman studying agriscience education. Seger has always had a passion for agriculture due to her family’s farrow-to-finish swine operation.

She became an entrepreneur at age fifteen, opening her own greenhouse called “Amanda’s Greenhouse.” Currently, Seger works for Lauxfield, LLC which is a dairy farm in Houston. Following graduation, Seger would like to pursue a career teaching agriscience education at the high school level.

“Supporting future farmers and agriculture professionals is a critical part of our mission as a lender to rural America,” said Amy Studebaker, regional vice president, Farm Credit Mid-America. “As the population continues to increase, there is a need to explore innovation and technology in the agriculture industry. The skills students gain in the classroom are invaluable once they enter their career – whether they head to the field or the office.”

The Farm Credit Mid-America Customer Scholarship Program is open to children or grandchildren of customers and is offered each year. The ag lender provides an additional $75,000 annually in scholarship support through programs such as Agriculture Futures of America and land grant universities throughout their four-state territory.

Staff report