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Cattlemen’s graduate-student scholarship applications are open


The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is accepting applications for its W.D. Farr Scholarships. The program awards two graduate-level students with $15,000 each to support their pursuit of animal agriculture and meat science careers. 

The awarded students will be chosen based on superior academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the beef industry. Students may apply online prior to September 30, 2022. 

The W.D. Farr Scholarship is named in honor of the late W.D. Farr of Greeley, Colorado, who passed away at the age of 97 in August 2007. Farr was the first president of the NCF and served as president of the American National Cattlemen’s Association, which is now known as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

According to the NCF, Farr was a third-generation Colorado rancher, statesman, and banker known for his extraordinary vision. Farr’s dedication to improving agriculture, livestock, and water development resulted in significant changes in farming methods that have influenced the practices of ranchers and farmers throughout the nation.

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2021 Scholarship Recipient

Last year’s scholarship winner was Maci Mueller, a student at the University of California – Davis. Mueller has been an integral part of the growth and success of her family’s first-generation seedstock operation, Lienetics Angus Ranch, in Princeton, Nebraska. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and also earned a master’s degree in animal breeding and genetics from UC Davis. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in animal breeding and genetics at UC Davis. Her first-hand production experience was instrumental in developing her career goal to become a beef cattle geneticist. 

Mueller is passionate about providing research and education to make the latest advancements in genetics and reproduction applicable to beef cattle producers. Her ultimate career goal is to use her knowledge and skills to enhance beef production efficiency through genetics.

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