FREDERICK, Md. - Two area youths have been awarded $500 grants to help them with their future agricultural endeavors.
The 2007 Agriculture Industry Youth Grants were awarded by the Agriculture Business Council and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development.
The grant winners are Ben Murphy and Kristin Zimmerman.
Ben, 18, is a freshman at Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute.
His project is to expand his beef cattle business by implementing the practice of Artificial Insemination on his cow herd. Ben is taking classes this semester to learn how to artificially inseminate both beef cattle and swine.
He plans to breed all of his own cows while starting a small business of breeding cows and sows for friends in the area. Ben plans to purchase a semen tank, artificial insemination kit and all the supplies needed this fall to start his business.