From pitching hay and sorting cattle, to overseeing planting and haying operations, Drew Wendland has had many responsibilities on his family’s diverse farm in Alabama. Those experiences have served him well, as he has amassed quite a resume in the agricultural field. Because of those accomplishments, as well as Wendland’s demonstrated commitment to sustainable agriculture, the Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation (RNMF) is proud to present him the as the 2015 scholarship award winner.
As a student in the Auburn University College of Agriculture, Wendlund has served as the Young Farmers Chairman, Ag Council Treasurer, and on the College of Agriculture President’s Panel. He won the Alabama Farmers Federation Discussion Meet in 2013, and is a member of the school’s soil judging team – all while maintaining a 3.87 grade point average.
The RNMF is honored to present Wendland a $2,500 scholarship, in recognition of his hard work and dedication to the future of agriculture. In his application essay, titled “The Importance of Responsible Nutrient Management to the Future of Agriculture”, Wendland stated, “What I have come to realize is that doing things right does not mean just doing things the way we always have.” He goes on to outline how agriculture can sustainably produce food and fiber to feed and clothe the world for generations to come. This understanding of the delicate balance between high-production agriculture and environmental stewardship is critical to the future of the agriculture industry.
The Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation is committed to the future of agriculture and the youth who represent its leadership. This scholarship is presented to Drew Wendland with renewed faith in that future. Wendland’s leadership in sustainable farming principles will be a guiding force for years to come.
The RNMF scholarship is a cooperative commitment between Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers, Ag PhD, No-Till Farmer Magazine, Capello USA, Hagie Manufacturing, TapLogic, Midwest Laboratories, AgXcel, PNC Bank, and RFD-TV.