Introducing Meredith Barber, Our 2018 FFA Scholarship Winner

In keeping with its commitment to agricultural education and leadership, Red Barn Media Group/Advanced Content awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving member of the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization. Given through the National FFA Scholarship Program, the 2018 award was presented to Meredith Barber of Cohutta, Georgia, daughter of Don and Julie Barber.

Meredith Barber

Meredith Barber

A senior at Coahulla Creek High School in Dalton, Georgia, Barber has been active in FFA since her freshman year in 2014-2015. That year, she competed in the Georgia State Junior Dairy Judging Contest, placing third with her team and first overall for individuals. She also competed in the area FFA quiz and served as a delegate at the Georgia State Convention.

As a sophomore, Barber attended the four-week Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, studying agricultural science. In 2016-2017, she was elected president of the Couhulla Creek FFA chapter. During that year, she was an applicant for a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) proficiency for equine placement, again competed in dairy judging, and placed 5th in the State Agriscience Fair for Social Systems. Barber was selected as a delegate to the State FFA Convention for a second time, and also served as an Ag Ambassador.

Last summer, she attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program (VetCAMP). As a senior, Barber has continued to serve as her FFA chapter president, again applying for an SAE proficiency for equine placement and competing in dairy judging. She also competed in agricultural communications, and the Couhulla Creek team place second in both its region and at state.

“I have loved watching our FFA chapter grow and I’m so thankful to be part of the first class at Coahulla Creek to participate in FFA all four years of high school,” Barber adds. “I am thankful to the National FFA Foundation and Red Barn Media Group for this recognition.”

In addition to her involvement with FFA, Barber has been involved in many activities during high school, including Beta Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Spirit Club. She served as her class president during her sophomore and junior years, and she was recently named valedictorian of her graduating class.

Barber is passionate about horses and horseback riding. She enjoys English riding and participates in hunter-jumper competitions with her horse, Heaven. She works part time at Rolling Ridge Farm in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, where she also rides and boards Heaven. This fall, Barber will attend the University of Georgia where she’ll major in biological sciences and double-minor in Spanish and animal sciences.

“During college, I hope to study abroad and continue toward my life-long goal of becoming a veterinarian,” she adds.

This marks the seventh consecutive year that Red Barn Media Group/Advanced Content, a content development company and publisher of AGCO’s FarmLifemyFarmLife.com, Performance Agronomy, and BALE, has awarded a scholarship through the National FFA Organization.

“Meredith is a wonderful example of how FFA invests in the lives and livelihood of America’s agricultural community,” says Bruce Thomas, Red Barn owner and publisher. “The future of farming and agricultural science rests in the hands of this generation. We are proud to support and encourage the education of outstanding young people like Meredith.” science rests in the hands of this generation. We are proud to support and encourage the education of outstanding young people like Meredith.”

Barber is one of more than 1,800 recipients of the 2018 National FFA Organization’s scholarship program. Recipients were selected based on a process that takes into account not only students’ FFA involvement, but also work experience, supervised agricultural experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills and academics. Currently, more than 100 sponsors—including Red Barn—contribute more than $2.5 million to support scholarships for students.

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