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JDA spreads word on career programs

By Staff | Mar 29, 2019

The Rugby Job Development Authority is spreading the word about area programs created to give people exploring careers in various areas some help.

The JDA’s Facebook page and websites feature programs offering mentorship, internship and scholarship money.

One such scholarship program offers money to agriculture students through the International Professional Seed Association, or IPSA.

However, the deadline is fast approaching. Applicants have until March 31 to submit the necessary forms.

A statement on the association’s website says, “with the IPSA Education Committee, the IPSA Board intends to award ten $2,000 scholarships to students studying in the field of agriculture.”

To qualify for the scholarship, which was created by the Ted Asplin family, students must complete an application and upload their most recent copies of school transcripts along with two letters of recommendation by the deadline. The application form may be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019-IPSA-Scholarships. Questions may be directed to todd@ipseed.org, or julianne@ipseed.org.

The Prairie Village Museum is offering an internship opportunity for the summer.

“Do you need a summer internship or know a student who does?” asks an announcement on the Prairie Village Museum’s Facebook page. “We may have the job for you! If you need college credit we may be able to meet your programs requirements. We’re extending the deadline to April 1, 2019.”

Forms and information for the internship may be downloaded at http://ow.ly/3gxR50mZJOm.

More opportunities for internships, and mentorship are available to local farmers and others interested in agriculture through the Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resource Management and Sustainability, or FARRMS, a nonprofit organization located in Tuttle.

“We actually have three programs in the mentorship/internship arena and we’re recruiting right now for all three,” Executive Director Stephanie Blumhagen told the Tribune in an email.

“FARRMS Internship program places eager learners on working farms and ranches for a hands-on learning experience. We recruit farmers and ranchers who want share their skills and knowledge and we recruit interns who want to spend a summer learning about sustainable agriculture while working on a farm or ranch. Interns receive a stipend of $225/week for an average of 25 hrs/week, May through September,” Blumhagen wrote. ” We provide orientation, farm tours, weekly readings about sustainable agriculture and an online discussion group.”

Forms for the internship program may be downloaded at www.farrms.org/live.

Blumhagen’s email described another program the non-profit offers: “FARRMS is recruiting paid interns to serve at farmers markets across the state. Farmers Market Interns will conduct customer satisfaction surveys and a farmers market needs assessment. They will also support Farmers Market Managers in the coordination of and outreach for the farmers market. Interns receive extensive training and a stipend of $225/week. More info and application at “http://www.farrms.org/farmers-market-internsmarkets”>www.farrms.org/farmers-market-internsmarkets who want to sign up for an intern should contact Amy Koehler at amy.koehler@dakotacollege.edu.”

The email continued, “The FARRMS Mentorship program connects experienced farmers with beginning farmers to pass on sustainable farming skills, teach conservation practices and provide education and support. Mentor farmers receive a stipend of $50 per hour to share their skills and knowledge at FARRMS workshops and training courses and one-on-one with beginning farmers. Mentors must fill out an application describing their experience and skills. Contact sblumhagen@farrms.org for more information.”

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