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Montana Farm Bureau scholarship deadlines loom

Posted on March 21st, 2016

The Montana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee is offering two $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school students judged on scholastic achievement and goals for college courses as well as community and school activities.

Applications for the WLC Scholarships must be submitted to your county Farm Bureau president by April 1. Don’t have the county president’s contact information? It is on the application which can be found here.

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation is offering two scholarships: The $1500 Bernard Greufe Honor Scholarship and the Collegiate Young Farmer and Rancher Scholarship.  The Bernard Greufe Honor Scholarship must include a letter or statement from the applicant giving reasons for applying along with the applicant’s future plans plus two letters of recommendation and grade transcripts. Applicants for all of the above scholarships must be from a Farm Bureau member family to be eligible.  The deadline for the Bernard Greufe Scholarship is April 1, 2016.

The $1,000 Collegiate YF&R Scholarship is solely for students who are members of the Collegiate YF&R clubs at Montana State University or UM-Western. Applications must be in the office by April 15.

Click here for all scholarship details and deadlines.


Posted on October 18th, 2010

The mission of the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation (MFBFo) is to support Montana agriculture through education, research, and community support, with a special emphasis for the development of our youth.

How does the MFB Foundation carry out its mission? Assisting in Education: Whether it’s funding an adult agricultural education program or providing materials to urban students, we realize that our support is fundamental in providing future leaders with the knowledge and skills they need in order to be effective. Encouraging Research: Recent improvements in technology have made agriculture both more efficient and more productive. In order to ensure and continue this current progression and to give Montana’s producers the most up-do-date information, we work closely with similarly-interested groups such as the College of Agriculture at MSU-Bozeman. Supporting Montana’s Rural Communities: Agriculture reaches every corner of the state and is the main artery of rural Montana. In giving youth the opportunity for leadership and offering educational programs, we work to broaden the impact of Montana agriculture.

With continued support, the MFB Foundation is able to offer yearly programs in an effort to promote youth education in agriculture, including: the annual Youth Speech Contest, Mini Grants throughout the year, the Bernard Greufe Honorary Scholarship, the Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Scholarship to the American Farm Bureau Federation national YF&R leadership conference in February. Many other programs and funding opportunities support groups such as Agriculture in Montana Schools, Montana 4-H, Montana FFA, REAL Montana and the Montana State University College of Agriculture.

MFBFo is a qualified charity under IRS tax code 501 (c) (3) making all donations tax deductible for our supporters.

For more information on ways you can “Invest in the Future of Agriculture” by supporting the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation, please call the state office at 1-800-823-2676 or email Scott Kulbeck at

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Farm Bureau Foundation holds speech contest during FFA Convention

The Montana Farm Bureau is holding their annual Youth Speech Contest in conjunction with the Montana FFA State Convention, March 30 ‐ April 2, 2016 at Montana State University in Bozeman. The contest is open to seventh, eighth and ninth grade students. Each speech must be two and a half to four minutes in length and demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and math are used by those who work in agriculture in one of the following careers:

  • Crop production
  • Livestock production
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Diesel mechanic
  • Plant scientist
  • Logger

The contestant must submit a transcript of their speech and register by March 1, 2016 with the MFB Foundation. The top 20 speeches selected will be presented and judged the morning of March 31 during the FFA Convention. The first place winner received $400; second place earns $250 and thrid place will be awarded $100.

“’One of our Foundation’s most important goals is to help with ag education and the leadership development of Montana’s youth,” says MFB Foundation Coordinator Scott Kulbeck. “This speech contest is an opportunity to hone those skills, plus we are offering great prizes. We know that FFA has similar contests for high school students and we want to complement rather than compete with those contests.”

For more information, official rules or for a registration form contact Scott Kulbeck at or 406‐587‐3153.  Click here to download a registration form.

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Application TitleYearFile Type
MFB Foundation Collegiate YF&R Scholarship2016PDF
MFB Foundation Mini Grant Application2016PDF
Women's Leadership Committee Scholarship2016PDF
Bernard Greufe Scholarship Application2016PDF
Youth Speech Contest application2016PDF


Kalispell student awarded FFA-AFBF Scholarship

Posted on June 4th, 2010

Trista Wise, a graduate of Flathead High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship for agricultural studies from the National FFA Organization in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau Federation and Ram Trucks, a division of Chrysler Group LLC. Trista will attend Northwest College in Powell, Wy., where she planning to study range management.

Trista’s family raises horses and alfalfa/grass hay, along with a few cows. She has been involved in FFA for four years, and is very appreciative of agriculture. Her family is long-time Northwest County Farm Bureau members.

“I believe agriculture is not just the backbone of Montana, but the backbone of the United States,” Trista said. “Agriculture has been a long tradition in my family, and through FFA, I’ve become very fond of it.”

Ram Trucks provided funding for 50 scholarships with the stipulation that winning FFA students had to be from a Farm Bureau family. Selection of winners also was based on the applicant’s academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural experience in an agricultural education program and the student’s future goals.

“It’s rewarding to see young people like Trista, who are dedicated their academic and social activities to agriculture. It shows there is a bright future for agriculture,” noted Peter Taylor, MFBF Young Farmer and Rancher chair. “It’s great to have someone from Montana, out of more than 8,000 applicants, receiving this scholarship.”

Ram Trucks sponsors the scholarships as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Scholarships are presented to the winning students by Ram Trucks dealers on behalf of the company.

The National FFA Scholarship Program was funded by 132 sponsors, providing 1,589 individual scholarships (up from 16 scholarships in 1984) worth more than $1.9 million.