The 2020 Joseph Fichter Scholarship will be awarded January 25, 2019 at the 85th Annual Ohio Farmers Union Convention in Lima.
OFU high school seniors should apply now. The deadline for applications is January 22, 2020 at noon.
Entrants in the contest shall write on this theme for 2020:
2020 may go down as the year an industrial hemp industry begins in Ohio. The Ohio Dept of Agriculture will soon officially begin the state hemp program.
Based on information from ODA’s website and news coverage from other states, what’s your view of the feasibility of hemp becoming a profitable crop for family farmers? In your answer, consider things like the cost of licensing and proposed regulations as outlined in the ODA rules proposal. Also, consider the larger market forces for industrial hemp – where will farmers market their crops, are there other states in the U.S. or regions in Canada where there has already been success in hemp cultivation? Is industrial hemp an exciting new opportunity or are there too many risks in a market that is not fully formed?
Any member of the Ohio Farmers Union who is a high school senior may compete for this scholarship. Students who are not members but are sons, daughters or grandchildren of OFU members may apply.
First-place will receive $750 and the runner-up will receive $250 toward their post-secondary education expenses.
For complete instructions and to apply, please visit the Official Fichter Contest Page here. and follow the instructions.
This is the first year we’ve taken the essay application process completely online, here are a few notes:
- It’s suggested that you write your essay in a Word or other document type, save it and then cut and paste it into the editor at ohfarmersunion.org. In the event there is any issue with the app, you’ll have your essay saved.
- OFU’s website is secure. Entrants records, including name address, email, etc. will be deleted after the OFU convention.
- If there are any issues with the website and application online, please do not hesitate to contact Ron Sylvester with OFU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for online applications is January 20 at noon.