CCI Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship

We know the value of educating the future! Because of that value we are offering the “Innovations in Agriculture” $1,000 scholarship to a graduating current or former 4-H member who will seek a degree in agriculture.

Proud 4-H Alumni

Corn Capital Innovations (CCI) was formed in Olivia, Minnesota, by Steve and Summer O’Neill in 2008. The family-owned business is an industry leader that helps crop producers develop innovative farm plans that integrate the four components of profitability: crop insurance, grain marketing, financial analysis, and yield building strategies. The O’Neill’s and many CCI employees are proud 4-H alumni.

Eligibility & Requirements

Current or former Minnesota 4-H members who will be entering their freshman year of college are eligible to apply. This is a one-time $1,000 scholarship may be used toward education expenses at a post-secondary institution in the United States. Applicants must intend to pursue a degree in agriculture; with a preference for students pursuing a degree in agronomy, soil science, horticulture, plant science, agriculture economics, agribusiness or closely related field.

The review committee will evaluate applicants based on scholastic achievements, career interest area, community and 4-H involvement, and leadership roles and positions.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • CCI Scholarship application form and essay.4-H Scholarship
  • Official copy of current high school transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher or academic advisor and one from an extension educator, program coordinator, or club leader.
  • One individual photo (black/white or color, between 2×3” and 4×5”). The photo will be used for publicity if you receive the scholarship; it will not be returned.

Application Information

Applications for the 2015 scholarship award must be postmarked by April 15, 2015. Award notices will be distributed in June.

Seniors or parents, ask your guidance counselor, contact the Minnesota 4-H Foundation or contact Corn Capital Innovations to find out more about this 4-H scholarship.

Minnesota 4-H Foundation
9 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108-6068
Phone: 612-624-7971

If you have a passion for agriculture, this is the scholarship for you! Corn Capital Innovations, a great hand in farming…not only today, but in educating for tomorrow!

Download Scholarship Application (PDF)

Download Scholarship Overview (PDF)

Bird’s Eye View of Harvest From the CCI Drone

Back in October, I was flying high after purchasing a drone for use at Corn Capital Innovations. Just like a kid on Christmas, I was excited to play with my new toy! But our drone is much more than just something shiny to fly around, it serves two important purposes to our business.

  1. It’s a great tool for use during our agronomy work.
  2. It’s another set of eyes for us to see what is going on in our customer’s fields.

View of Harvest Using the CCI Drone

Watch this video of our drone in action during the 2014 corn harvest.

Benefits of Drone Farming

Interest in using drones in agriculture is growing. Here are some benefits of using a drone for farm operations.

  • Having a bird’s eye view of your fields is the Drone Farmingquickest way to see and interpret if you need to take action in your production strategies.”
  • Using drones for crop surveillance can drastically increase farm crop yields while minimizing the cost of walking the fields or airplane fly-over filming.
  • Checking on your plants’ progress and determining if they need more attention is quicker and easier using a drone.
  • Using a drone effectively can save you time and money.

Potential Drone Uses

The use of drones in agriculture is still in its early stages. Here are some promising future uses for drones on your farm.

  • Crop Scouting
  • Precision Spraying
  • Disease Monitoring
  • Livestock Tracking

Additional Resources

Please take a few minutes to read these additional resourses and further educate yourself about the use of drones for agriculture.

Contact Corn Capital Innovations

Let our experienced team help you determine if you need to take action in your production strategies using cutting edge technology like drones. Please contact us at (320) 523-2252!

Have you considered using a drone in your operation? Do you have any questions we could answer about the use of drones?