CHAZY, N.Y. — Miner Institute is pleased to announce that graduate student Emily Fread and dairy intern Trina Bigelow are the 2020-21 recipients of the Stephen S. Flanagan, Frances B. Flanagan, and Stephen F. Flanagan Scholarship. The fund was established in 2016 after a $1.3 million donation to Miner Institute from the late Stephen Flanagan of Plattsburgh. The scholarship was named after Mr. Flanagan and his parents.
Emily is from Cornelius, NC. She has an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University. Emily participated in the Summer Experience in Agricultural Research program at Miner Institute in 2018 and started a graduate program this summer. She is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Vermont, supported and directed by Miner Institute, that focuses on the effect of heat stress on dry dairy cows and calves. Trina grew up on a dairy farm in Willsboro, NY. She studied dairy management at SUNY-Morrisville and will earn her bachelor’s degree after completing her year-long dairy management internship at Miner Institute. Trina is interested in herd health and genetics.
“With their plans to work in the dairy industry, Trina and Emily are exactly the sort of students and future industry leaders that Mr. Flanagan envisioned when he made this generous scholarship available to students at Miner Institute,” said Dr. Rick Grant, president of Miner Institute. Mr. Flanagan was a lifelong farmer who owned and operated Sunshine Dairy Farm until 1972 and thereafter continued to raise beef cattle on his Plattsburgh farm. Mr. Flanagan wanted to ensure that deserving young people would have an opportunity to study the science of food production and enjoy farming as much as he had. Mr. Flanagan passed away in November 2014 at the age of 86.
About Miner Institute
The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute is the present-day manifestation of the philosophy and principles once embodied by William Miner on Heart’s Delight Farm. Since its creation in 1951, the principal function has been, and continues to be, the economic improvement of agricultural operations through research, education, and demonstration. Miner Institute conducts integrated, cutting-edge education, research, and demonstration programs that optimize the biological and economic relationships among forage-crop production, dairy and equine management, and environmental stewardship. For more information about Miner Institute visit whminer.org.
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