Five agriculturally focused college students are recipients of the 2013 Syngenta Sugarbeet Scholarship. This year’s winners include Travis Chase of New Plymouth, Idaho; Michael Backman of Fargo, N.D.; Rebekah Landmark of Montevideo, Minn.; Ashtyn Shrewsbury of Alliance, Neb., and Kody Myers of Midland, Mich.
“The future of the sugarbeet industry is looking bright based on the exceptional responses we received from this year’s applicants,” said Jeff Pomeroy, sugarbeet crop portfolio head at Syngenta. “Congratulations to our 2013 scholarship recipients. We look forward to their contributions to the field of agriculture.”
Each applicant answered an essay question about the biggest challenge facing sugarbeet production and shared ideas to address the problem. Applications were evaluated for creativity, flow and professional appeal. The winners were chosen out of 32 applicants, all with an involvement in 4-H and/or the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America). Each winner was awarded $1,500 for his or her college tuition.
Trevor Cook was appointed this fall as product lead for Syngenta sugarbeet seeds. Cook, who was raised on a 5,000-acre sugarbeet farm and spent five years as a field consultant in Idaho, has been with Syngenta for more than five years in a district sales manager role
and as an AgriEdge specialist.
“I loved growing up on a sugarbeet farm and being out in the field, but I also know the hard work that comes along with it. Because of my farming background and working in the indus- try, I understand the challenges that sugarbeet growers face,” Cook said. “Seeing how rapidly the industry has changed — resulting from breeding techniques, seed treatments and other technologies — has only strengthened my passion for the crop.
“I’m looking forward to this new role and the opportunity to meet directly with sugar cooperatives to talk about what Syngenta can do to help in crease their yield and productivity.”