Scholarships to Attend Livestock Handling Workshops

Overview: As funding allows, FACT will award scholarships of up to $100 to livestock and poultry farmers to cover the cost of farm tours, field days, workshops, conferences, or any other training related to humane farming techniques. This is a separate from FACT’s Conference Scholarship Program which provides scholarships to specific conferences.

How do I apply? Farmers seeking a workshop scholarship should read these guidelines in their entirety and complete FACT’s workshop scholarship application requesting funds to reimburse registration fees. We will review applications for eligibility on a rolling business within five business days of submission. If approved, we will ask you to provide proof of registration within 24 hours of acceptance in order to guarantee your scholarship spot. Once we have your proof of registration, we will issue you a check to reimburse registration fees. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis for eligible farmers to attend approved workshops. Recipients will be asked to complete a short report form after the workshop.

Which workshops are covered by the scholarships? Any workshop, field day, conference, or training in the continental United States that covers humane animal husbandry practices is eligible. You will be asked to provide the name, date, location, and website of the workshop on the application form. FACT staff members will review proposed workshops on a case by case basis and approve those deemed eligible. Examples of approved workshops include, but are not limited to the following:

How large are the scholarships and what do they cover? FACT will reimburse up to $100 for expenses associated with workshop registration fees. FACT will not reimburse for meals, lodging, transportation, membership fees, or workshops that are not related to livestock or poultry production.

Who is eligible for a workshop scholarship? Current livestock and poultry farmers who express an intention to learn about humane animal production practices are eligible. Farmers must own or be employed by a farm that raises livestock and/or poultry

Who is not eligible for a workshop scholarship? Farmers who already received any type of scholarship from FACT in 2017 are not eligible for an additional scholarship this year due to limited funds. Also, please note that we can only accept one scholarship application per farm/household.

How will decisions be made? Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible farmers to attend an approved workshop, field day, or training session until funding is depleted.

What expectations are there for scholarship recipients at the workshop? All scholarship recipients are expected to attend the entire workshop, field day, or training session.

What expectations are there for scholarship recipients after the workshop? After attending the workshop, scholarship recipients will be asked to complete a short report form within 14 days of the end of the workshop.  Scholarship recipients will also be automatically added to our online Humane Farming Forum and monthly Fund-a-Farmer email list.

What happens if I receive a scholarship, but can’t attend the workshop? If a scholarship recipient does not attend the workshop for which they received a scholarship, all scholarship funds must immediately be returned to FACT in the form of a check. Please note, FACT coordinates with workshop organizers to verify attendance. Scholarship recipients who do not comply with this requirement will be barred from applying for future funding from FACT.

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