Perdue Farms on Wednesday announced a $50,000 grant to the Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation.

In a press release, the grant, known as the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant, will be used to help award scholarships to the children of Niman Ranch farmers and ranchers so they can return to their family farms and help rural communities thrive for future generations.

“Hard-working family farmers are the backbone of agriculture in our country and we’re committed to supporting the next generation of farmers with funds to help offset the burden of obtaining a college education,” Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation, said.

“We’re honored to help grow the next generation of farmers through the Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Fund with support form the Perdue Foundation to provide stability for the Niman Ranch Foundation long into the future.”

Niman Ranch started the Next Generation Scholarship program in 2006. Over the past 11 years, the program has dispersed more than $500,000 to children of Niman Ranch farmers who are committed to furthering their education to support rural communities.

 

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