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Source: Dow AgroSciences news release

Dow AgroSciences is investing in its future leaders by supporting educational initiatives that focus on the importance of U.S.-grown rice.

For the fifth year, Dow AgroSciences is sponsoring the USA Rice Federation's National Rice Month 2014 scholarship program. Students who are high school seniors in the 2014-15 school year and live in rice-producing counties in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas are eligible to apply for scholarships totaling $8,500. To apply, students are required to develop a promotional tactic in their local community that highlights U.S.-grown rice as part of National Rice Month in September.

"The USA Rice Federation is proud to support education in partnership with Dow AgroSciences, which funds three scholarship awards," says Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation. "High school seniors who participate do an excellent job applying their energy and creativity to promote the importance of U.S.-grown rice and its role in their home states."

The USA Rice Federation will award three scholarships based on the creativity and impressions of the promotional entries. The 2013 Rice Month Scholarship grand prize was awarded to Jessica Whitaker of McGehee, Arkansas, for a mass media promotion about the benefits of the rice industry. Whitaker's news articles reached an estimated audience of 21,000 throughout southeastern Arkansas.

"We at Dow AgroSciences feel it's important to get students excited about agriculture, and the USA Rice Federation scholarships are a great way to spark that enthusiasm," says Darla Huff, U.S. rice product manager from Dow AgroSciences. "The students' efforts also help build awareness of the valuable contributions the rice industry makes to this country's economy."

Promotions must be executed in September, and applications must be submitted by Oct. 13, 2014. Students are encouraged to obtain their applications before the end of the school year. Scholarship forms and additional guidelines are available at the USA Rice Federation website.

"Many of the scholarship applicants grew up on a rice farm or in a community where rice plays a vital role in the economy," Ward says. "Conducting a rice promotion is an opportunity to show support and helps develop organizational and communications skills needed in college and future careers."

The grand-prize winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship and a trip with a chaperone to the award ceremony at the 2014 USA Rice Outlook conference this December in Little Rock, Arkansas. The second-place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, and the third-place winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Dow AgroSciences has a strong portfolio of rice herbicides that keep fields clean and help growers maximize yield potential. The portfolio includes Grasp®, RebelEX®, Grasp Xtra, Grandstand® and Clincher® SF herbicides for rice grown in Southern states and Granite® SC, Granite GR, Grandstand CA and Clincher CA herbicides for use in California water-seeded rice.

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