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Salute to Ag Week 2021

Salute to Ag Week 2021 took place March 22nd through March 26th. Typically, a breakfast and speaker event is held at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens. Unfortunately, last year’s event was cancelled due to Covid but the new Executive Director of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce did not want the 6 year running Salute to Ag program to miss out on another year. Even though we still could not host the live event, our committee still thought it was important to continue as much of the initiative as possible.

For the last 6 years our committee has provided scholarship opportunities to high school seniors in Bureau County. Applications are sent to all Bureau County High Schools in hopes to help graduating high school senior(s) who have been accepted into an agriculture or agricultural-related curriculum at a university, college or community college. The applicants must be pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field. Criteria selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, community and agricultural youth organization involvement and the future goals of the applicant. Applications are judged by the Salute to Ag committee.

This year’s applications were due by March 1st and winners were announced on March 23rd, 2021 which was National Ag Day!

Scholarship Winners

The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize scholarship winners from 2020 and 2021!

Group Picture-front row-left to right-Samantha Bohm (Bureau Valley High School)-2020 Winner-Included due to not having an event because of Covid last year, Shelby Hardy (Bureau Valley High School), Sean Fitzpatrick (Ohio High School) and Carli Wright (Princeton High School) back row-left to right-Salute to Ag Committee Members: Scott Smith with Michlig Energy, Chad Taylor with Nutrien Ag Solutions, Dan Legner with Compeer Financial, Derek Fetzer with Heartland Bank & Trust Company, Jenica Cole, Executive Director Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, Rachel Denton with Hefty Seed. Committee members not pictured: Shellee Monier with Meadows Home Décor & Gifts, Jill Frueh with the Bureau County Farm Bureau, Deb Schultz with North Central Bank and Tim Harris with Capital Agricultural Property Services.

Coloring Contest Winners


Age 5

5-6 age group


Age 9

7-9 age group


Age 10

10 to above age group


Harvester Level

Seed Sower Level

Cultivator Level

First State Bank