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Scholarship created to honor farmer killed over herbicide confrontation

(Source: Bruce Fires) (Source: Bruce Fires)
(Source: Bruce Fires) (Source: Bruce Fires)
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A new scholarship at a Region 8 school will support students interested in agriculture while honoring a man who spent his life farming and supporting the Future Farmers of America.

The Mike Wallace FFA Memorial Scholarship was announced at the annual Buffalo Island Central FFA Auction Saturday, March 25.

Bruce Fires, BIC’s FFA advisor, said Wallace was an active member of the Monette FFA chapter.

Fires said Wallace was an officer in the late 70’s and was a great advocate for agriculture.

Wallace was killed Oct. 27, 2016, in Mississippi County due to an argument over the spraying of Dicamba, an herbicide use in some genetically modified crops.

Fires said Wallace’s family asked friends and family to donate money to start a memorial scholarship instead of flowers when they laid him to rest last year.

Those over the memorial scholarship are still working on the criteria to receive the scholarship, but Fires said it will go to a student going to a two or four-year college or university majoring in agriculture.

The scholarship continues to grow as donations are still coming in.

Fires said they will finalize the application and amount of the scholarship soon, and the first recipient will be announced at graduation on May 22.  

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