California students could get farming scholarship

January 4, 2013

While many students attend college to pursue liberal arts or sciences, others might be on the lookout for financial aid for school that will help them get a start in the field of agriculture.

Recently, the California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation announced that it's accepting scholarship applications for 2013. Aspiring farmers who are selected to receive this yet-to-be-determined amount of money for college must simply be undergraduate residents of California hoping to, someday, live off the land. A pair of letters of recommendation and the student's academic transcripts are also needed to apply.

However, information provided by the National Bureau of Labor Statistics may give some students pause about ambitions to enter the world of agriculture. The government agency predicts that the number of jobs in the field of farming will decrease by 3 percent over the course of the next 17 years, with an estimated 20,000 positions disappearing. On the other hand, the agency also says that skills relating to agricultural work may be applicable in other businesses, so farmers won't necessarily have trouble finding employment.

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