G&R Farms, Glennville, Ga., is partnering with the National Future Farmers of America organization to provide scholarships for agriculture students.

G&R Farms will contribute a percentage of sales from its 2017 Vidalia onion crop as part of their new “Growing America’s Farmers” initiative.

Walt Dasher, a third-generation Georgia farmer, developed the initiative in response to difficulty he had hiring young people to work on his farm.

“Over the years, we found that people under the age of 30 in rural areas like ours expressed very little interest in farm work. This caused me great concern because we all know that a lack of farmers could create a myriad of problems for our country,” Dasher said in a news release.

Dasher believes the future of farming is dependent on young people.

“The future of any company is its depth,” Dasher said in an email. “Farmers are no different. Without a new breed coming up, the industry will die off. I think kids feel farming is a second-class job.”

Dasher chose to partner with the National FFA because he considers school the first chance to reach kids.

“What better age to do so than at that young age?” he said in the email. “FFA is an agricultural proven organization, which is a perfect fit for the program.”

Dasher will be involved in choosing the scholarship recipients.

“Supporters such as G&R Farms and their customers help sustain the future of agriculture and help achieve the FFA vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture,” Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation, said in the release.

 
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