Scholarship-winning alumna traces her passion for ag back to SCS
SUNY Cobleskill student Emma Wegner has been awarded
a Cultivating the Future Scholarship to help her pursue her education in
agriculture, a subject the 2016 Schoharie graduate first became
passionate about in high school.
Wegner, of Central Bridge, was one of four local
college freshmen to be awarded a scholarship by Tired Iron of Butternut
Valley, a branch of the national, nonprofit Early Day Gas Engine &
Tractor Association (EDGE&TA Branch 234) that works to preserve farming
In addition to Wegner, scholarship recipients
included Shannon Sears, a Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School
graduate from Schenevus; Jack Brown, a Cobleskill-Richmondville High
School graduate from Sharon Springs; and Mary Kennedy, a Cooperstown
Central School graduate from Mount Vision.
The students received their awards on Oct. 8 during
Tractor Fest at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, where they were
recognized for outstanding performance and dedication to agricultural
heritage and advancement.
According to Tired Iron Scholarship Committee member
Dominic Centonze of Roseboom, the scholarship recipients "not only meet
the highest level of achievement and ambition in agriculture, but also
exhibit the utmost dedication to their community."
Wegner is majoring in Agricultural Business
Management at SUNY Cobleskill and plans to pursue a career in
agricultural advocacy and promotion. She has been very active through
the years in 4-H and FFA, earned a 2015 FFA Empire Degree and served as
2015-16 New York FFA vice president.
Wegner said her passion for agriculture began at
Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School five years ago, when she started taking
agricultural classes with teacher David Marbot. According to Wegner,
"Mr. Marbot was not only able to teach me in the classroom, but also was
my mentor in developing soft skills such as public speaking and how to
make connections with professionals within the agricultural field."
Tired Iron of Butternut Valley "strives to invest in
future generations to advance the preservation and knowledge of farm
culture and equipment." In early 2016, Tired Iron members created a
friendship quilt and assembled a four-cord load of firewood and then
throughout the summer worked to raffle the items as a fundraiser for the
Tired Iron members and supporting friends also held
a four-mile, sponsored tractor ride this past September to raise
additional funds for students who "are working hard to educate
themselves to provide the bread basket of tomorrow."
The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association
(E.D.G.E. & T.A.) was formed in 1957 and is a national organization
whose purpose is to stimulate interest in collecting, restoring,
preserving, and exhibiting gasoline and oil engines, gas/diesel and
steam tractors, power driven farm machinery and any other equipment of
In the photo, Emma Wegner (center) receives her
scholarship with Shannon Sears and Jack Brown. Scholarship awardee Mary
Kennedy is out of the frame.