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Scholarships Available for Rural Nurses to Obtain Training to Support Missouri Farmers and Ranchers

Agriculture is a diverse industry usually located in remote areas. The risks and occupational exposures associated with farming and ranching are often not familiar to healthcare workers serving rural communities. Nurses are the frontline of rural community healthcare and FCS Financial is teaming up with Farm Credit Southeast Missouri to support them by offering 20 scholarships to the Agrisafe Nurse Scholar program.

“As a new nurse, I feel like it’s valuable to get as much education as possible, and ag-related healthcare issues are near and dear to my heart,” 2021 scholarship recipient Renee Fordyce said. “This program has prepared me to serve Missouri farmers as a nurse.”

The Agrisafe Nurse Scholar program was developed to help rural nurses be better prepared to prevent, identify and treat diseases and conditions that commonly impact farmers and ranchers. The program covers a range of topics from zoonotic diseases, chemical exposure, sleep deprivation and hearing conservation to respiratory health, skin disorders personal protective equipment and mental health. Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate agricultural health into a medical practice. The virtual, on-demand program consists of 20 hours of lectures, interactive question and answer sessions and group discussions.

FCS Financial is proud to partner with the Farm Credit Southeast Missouri to offer these 20 scholarships to rural Missouri nurses who serve the state’s farmers and ranchers. Nurses are asked to pay a $100 deposit that will be reimbursed upon completion of the program. The program must be successfully completed by March 15, 2023, to be eligible for reimbursement and CNE credits.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Agrisafe Network. Anyone interested in applying for this program should visit https://learning.agrisafe.org/nurse-scholar-program-fees to learn more.

FCS Financial serves 102 counties through 21 branch offices in Missouri and is a member of the Farm Credit System. The system is a nationwide network of cooperative lending institutions that provides credit and financial services to farmers, ranchers, rural residents and agribusinesses. With more than 100 years of agricultural lending experience, the Farm Credit System is the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States.

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