After starting as a family farmer in Delaware and finishing up a 26-year career as a salesman for Pioneer, Earl Passwaters settled into retirement. The transition proved temporary, though, and when Earl discovered AgVenture, he decided to form his own Regional Seed Company (RSC), East Coast Seeds.
Through the comprehensive, customer-focused AgVenture approach, Earl found something he’d always been missing in his work with Pioneer: the ability to get more involved and develop meaningful relationships with his clients, many whom followed Earl from Pioneer to AgVenture. During this time, Earl had the opportunity to work with the sons and daughters of clients as they were coming back home to the family farm, connecting with them through his love of technology.
Unfortunately, Earl passed away suddenly in 2011, but his belief in the value of education, and its role in staying on top of technology in agriculture, lives on through the Earl H. Passwaters Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship, founded on the continuation of Earl’s philosophy of “paying it forward,” is designated for ag students who plan to return to the farm once they complete their college education.
The deadline for this year's scholarship is April 15th. If you know a deserving student looking to return to the farm, please encourage them to fill out the application below and follow the submission instructions.