Beginning Farmer & Rancher Scholarship

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The William W. Dow Memorial Beginning Farmer and Rancher Scholarship is designed to give new and beginning farmers and ranchers a low-cost opportunity to participate in the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference Nov. 10-12, 2014 in Greenville, SC. Scholarships are competitive and both need and merit-based. The value of this scholarship totals $250.


To qualify for the scholarship the applicant must:

• Be actively farming on land the applicant owns or leases in NC or SC.

• Have been farming for five years or less.

• Applicants should not be a previous SAC scholarship recipient.

Applications are due by August 21, 2014



 Sustainable Agriculture Conference is an unparalleled opportunity for beginning farmers to learn how to be successful in their sustainable farming enterprises. Special programming for beginning farmers includes: finding land, farm business finances, access to community-based capital, using body mechanics and tools to stay healthy longer, and season extension techniques. Other conference workshops cover cutting edge issues in sustainable agriculture, including organic weed control, soil fertility, pasture-based livestock, food safety and processing, and direct marketing. All of it is essential information for new farms to thrive. 

Learn More and Submit your Application


Scholarships are funded by contributions to the William W. Dow Scholarship Fund. Contributions to send a beginning farmer to CFSA’s conference are gratefully accepted and can be submitted through




secure website, by calling 919-542-2402, or by mailing your check with “Bill Dow” in the memo line to CFSA, PO Box 448, Pittsboro, NC 27312.