The IAA Foundation Board of Trustees approved a $3,000 Charles B. Shuman Grant to James Durdan of LaSalle County to support his master’s degree in International Agricultural Development at the University of California-Davis.
“The grant from the Charles B. Shuman Fund will allow me to engage in research that will help contribute to the advancement of global living standards, particularly in the rural areas,” Durdan said.
LaSalle County Farm Bureau President David Isermann added, “James has always been reliable, responsible and volunteers for our county annually. LaSalle County Farm Bureau is honored to have James receive the Charles B. Shuman Grant.”
The Charles B. Shuman fund seeks to strengthen farming, agriculture and rural communities by supporting education, research and leadership development activities that promote choices in agricultural production and marketing.
“Mr. Shuman understood the vital importance of innovation and leadership development within the agriculture industry,” said Jennifer Smith, IAA Foundation development manager. “His work continues to make a difference through this fund that the IAA Foundation is pleased to administer.”
Materials for the next Charles B. Shuman Fund review period are due Dec. 1. For more information and to read the full grant guidelines, visit the IAA Foundation website.
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