2015 News Releases

Valent Announces Agriculture Scholarship Winners

$3,000 awarded for agricultural education

November 10, 2015

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation today announced the winners of its second-annual agriculture scholarship contest, a program that creates advocacy and educational opportunities for rising leaders in the agriculture business sector. Launched at the recent Farm Progress Show, this scholarship program is one way Valent invests in the future of agriculture and supports the next generation of industry leaders.


Entrants submitted a two-minute video detailing their reasons for studying agriculture, and winners were determined by the number of "likes" each entry received online. More than 2,500 votes were cast for the 11 entries from across the country, and a total of $3,000 was awarded.

"These scholarships reinforce Valent's commitment to the agriculture industry leaders of tomorrow and the value they will bring to society through innovations in agriculture," said Julie Venierakis, senior director, Human Resources and General Services at Valent. "We firmly believe in taking an active role in advancing the agriculture industry and the important work we do every day, and that begins with supporting and encouraging the young professionals studying in this space."

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

  • First place ($1,500): Brian Simper—Brian is a junior agriculture systems and technology major at Utah State University. He grew up on a farm in Grand View, Idaho, learning the fundamentals of agriculture from his grandfather. Brian’s passion lies in understanding how technology can improve crop performance.
  • Second place ($1,000): Ashley Goeltzenleuchter—A senior studying agribusiness at the University of Northwestern Ohio, Ashley learned the importance of hard work, dedication integrity and patience while growing up on her family’s farm. She currently serves as the president of the UNOH FFA chapter and hopes to begin a career working directly with growers upon graduation in the spring.
  • Third place ($500): Hannah Maggiore—A freshman studying agriculture communications at Oklahoma State University, Hannah believes that agriculture is an industry that is going places. She looks forward to continuing to educate consumers on the industry while working to provide producers with the resources needed to successfully provide for our population.

For more information on the scholarship program and to view each participant’s video, please click here.

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.