Why an ag scholarship from an organization that the casual observer might think focuses more on in-town business?
"Agriculture is vital to this community and we're tring to promote that fact," [Pravacek] added.
Pravacek said that establishing incentives for youth to stay in... their home community is key to economic stability [Lisa Hare, "PAY as You Go," Yankton Press & Dakotan, 2008.09.13, p. B1].
But how many young people actually want to stay on the farm instead of heading for a nice cushy city job? More than you might think, says Pravacek:
Today's producers are business managers more than laborers.... People (in agriculture) still have to work hard, but it's not really the sweat and blisters work with a pitchfork that it used to be. It's a better lifestyle today, so that is more appealing to our young people [Hare, 2008.09.13].
The Madison Chamber sponsors an Ag Scholarship as well. Scholarships like these are a good investment of local dollars, especially if they are targeted at young people who are inclined to reinvest their talent in their hometown.