Helping Farmers Succeed: 2018 Scholarship Spotlight

It seems like 21st Century Equipment has been constantly expanding since opening its first location in Alliance, Nebraska in 1996. Along with acquiring land and other dealerships, the company has also served as a teaching institution for young people passionate about beginning a career in the agriculture industry. This year, one of their students, Preston Salvador, has been named a recipient of the 2018 EDA Equipment Dealers Foundation Scholarship.

Salvador, a student at Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska, wants to give back to his community while pursuing his love of agriculture. After discussions with service manager Cody Craven, Salvador began to train to become a John Deere certified technician.

While at 21st Century Equipment, Salvador has learned a lot about what it takes to be a successful individual. “I always try to ensure that my work is done in a timely manner, it is done correctly, and that I have put 100% of myself into my work and did not give half my effort,” said Salvador, “I always think of the customer.”

He noted that, as a technician, a lot of his potential customers will be farmers and small business owners that rely on his expertise. Living in a rural area has given him a unique perspective on the importance of farmers and what they do for their communities. “Everybody in town knows what a farmer’s work involves,” said Salvador, “so, if a farmer needs help there is always someone to lend a hand.”  Adding, “In a rural community farmers can really get to know their technician and are comfortable with them working on their equipment.” Preston looks forward to helping the farmers in his community and creating long lasting relations with his customers.

Salvador plans to graduate debt-free as a certified technician from Southeast Community College in the spring of 2019 and to continue to work to help farmers in small communities like his own.  Preston credits 21st Century Equipment with providing him the opportunity to pursue his dreams and is appreciative of the EDF scholarship for helping him get there.