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Young Farmers Program Paving Way For Future College Students

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - Delmarva's economy is closely tied to the land, which is all the more reason why the Young Farmers Program wants to encourage students to take those skills to the classroom.

Shelby Hurley, a Mardela Springs scholar, won the Young Farmers Program Scholarship two years in a row and is using that money to further her education at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She sat down with WMDT to share her college experience.

"Right now I'm majoring in Agri-business with a minor in Plant and Soil Sciences, and I work in the Wicomico County Soil conservation officer part-time," said Hurley.

Shelby says she grew up on a farm and knows the ropes, but is spending her time in the classroom to delve into the business side of things.

"I've done everything on the farm as far as picking, harvesting, getting the orders ready for wholesale buyers, and the fruit stand. Doing the Ag business will prepare me because I haven't seen that part of it," she said.

With less than 50 credits to go until she can use these skills to land a career. For now, Shelby is hoping to serve as a mentor for future farmers.

"The average age of a farmer is about 50, so the Young Farmers Program really helps get younger generations involved more," said Hurley. @

Two $1,000 scholarships are up for grabs for any Wicomico County student with a passion for agriculture. The deadline for this scholarship is May 31st.

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