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Valent U.S.A. Awards Four Scholarships to Agriculture Future of America Students

November 6, 2019

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Valent U.S.A., in partnership with the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), has selected four students to sponsor in the AFA 2019 Scholarship Program. Jaci Deitrick, Jasmine Flores, Morgan Kanemoto, and Carina Ramos are all studying agriculture-related degrees and will pursue their passions at the 2019 AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Mo. from Nov. 7-10.

“We are committed to the future of the agriculture industry, and that starts with the people in it,” says David Nothmann, Valent U.S.A. vice president of marketing and AFA board member. “We are pleased to provide the four students chosen this year a chance to further their development as future industry leaders. They all show strong leadership qualities and a commitment to agriculture, whether through communications, education or technology, showcasing the many avenues one can take to make a difference in this industry.”

Through the scholarship, the students will gain access to premier personal and professional development as well as financial assistance for their college education. One part of the professional development component is the AFA Leaders Conference, which provides four “tracks” for professional development as well as connecting students with their peers and industry professionals.

Valent and AFA Leader and Academic Scholars 2019

  • Jasmine Flores from Atwater, Calif. attends California State University, Fresno, and is pursuing a degree in agricultural education hoping to one day educate high school students.
  • Morgan Knemoto from Los Banos, Calif., is also pursuing a degree in agricultural education from California State University, Fresno, working to share her passion for agriculture in the classroom.
  • Carina Ramos from Bennett, Colo. is a computer science major at Colorado Technical University- Aurora. Her goal is to use a knowledge of technology to monitor security measures or programs for an agricultural company.
  • Jaci Deitrick from Stillwater, Okla. is an agribusiness major and communications minor at Oklahoma State University, working toward a career as a communications representative for a major agricultural company. Jaci is a 2019 scholarship recipient, but will attend next year’s Leadership Conference.

AFA will welcome over 800 students from across the nation for the 2019 AFA Leaders Conference. For more information about the Conference, visit www.agfuture.org/conference.

About Valent U.S.A.
Valent U.S.A. LLC, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States, Canada and Mexico that advance sustainable agriculture, protect 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 crop enhancement 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 LLC. For more information about Valent or our full product line, please call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit valent.com.

About AFA
AFA builds bridges for young leaders to foster engagement and innovation in food and agriculture. With program participation increasing 30% in the last five years, AFA leader development programs have impacted 19,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $9 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit www.agfuture.org or contact Megan Karlin at megan.karlin@agfuture.org.