The Wisconsin National Farmers Organization’s annual Steve Pavich and Frank Pries Memorial Scholarship first place was awarded to Abbygail Hayes, daughter of Jim and Dawn Hayes of Columbus. The second place scholarship was awarded to Mitchel Paul, son of Mark and Tracy Paul of Edgar. The two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to a Wisconsin High School Senior planning to major in agriculture at a college or university. The scholarships honor Steve Pavich, dairy director and board member for NFO; and Frank Pries, long time livestock field representative and board member for NFO and NAFCOR.

This year selecting two winners from the many applicants for the scholarship was especially difficult because of the quality of the answers to the essay questions: How can marketing production with other farmers and ranchers improve prices for grain, dairy and livestock; and choose one strategy: niche marketing, price risk management or price negotiation. Discuss and give examples of how that strategy can increase financial rewards on an independent farm.

Hayes plans to attend the UW-Platteville to earn a degree in Agricultural Education. She plans to use her degree to advocate for the agricultural industry. Attending Columbus High School, she is active in FFA, volleyball, homecoming court and prom. Hayes has also been an active volunteer for the Neighbors in Constant Care Foundation, community garden and Kids Against Hunger Food Drive.

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