2014 News Releases

Valent Announces Inaugural Agriculture Scholarship Winners

Three college students receive a total of $3,000 for their agricultural education

November 11, 2014

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Valent U.S.A. Corporation has announced the winners of its inaugural agriculture scholarship contest. The scholarship program, which launched at the 2014 Farm Progress Show, is designed for students to showcase pride in their agriculture heritage and future.

Entrants were asked to submit a two minute video detailing their reasons for studying agriculture. Winners were determined by the number of "likes" each received. Over 4,000 votes were cast for the 13 entries from across the country.

"We were amazed by the talent and potential shown in each entry," said Juli Venierakis, Valent HR Director. "We thank each entrant, and encourage students to continue to strive for excellence in their agricultural studies."

More details about the winners and their videos are as follows:

  • First place ($1,500): Victoria (Tori) Streitmatter – A junior Agriculture Communications major at Illinois State University, Tori grew up on a corn, soybean and cattle farm in central Illinois. She believes agriculture is her calling and chose to study agriculture after the life lessons farming has taught her.
  • Second place ($1,000): Brittany Kellen – Brittany is a freshman Animal Science/ Pre-Vet major at Iowa State University. She decided to go into this field after being inspired by seeing the men in her family farm for generations, and helping them on the cattle operation where she was raised.
  • Third place ($500): Melanie Jackson – Melanie found her passion for agriculture growing up on a farm in Delaware and participating in 4H and FFA. She’s now a sophomore Agricultural Education and Agriculture Communications major at Oklahoma State University. Melanie wants to use her background in agriculture to educate future generations on the importance of agriculture in everyday life.

For more information on the scholarship program and to view each participant’s video, please visit http://www.valent.com/scholarship/.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent U.S.A. Corporation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, seed protection and professional use. Valent is a leader in marketing and sales of both traditional chemical products and also biorational products developed by its affiliate, Valent BioSciences Corporation. For more information about Valent or our full product line, please call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit valent.com.