The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial
Services, recently awarded $30,000 in grants through its AgStar Agriculture Classroom Equipment Grant Program.
The program’s mission is to support agricultural education by funding educational experiences for students completing course work in agriculture and related fields. AgStar awarded grants to 14 high school agriculture departments in its 69-county service area.
“Providing equipment for students to learn about the ag industry is not always in the budget for agriculture departments in rural schools,” stated John Monson, Chair of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees. “Subsidizing equipment and technology needs through this program for rural schools allows students who are interested in the agricultural field to have new and applied opportunities. This program shows AgStar’s commitment to ag education and to the rural and agricultural communities where we operate.”
The 14 Minnesota and Wisconsin schools receiving grants this year include: Albert Lea Area Schools Ag Department, Bloomer School District, Alden-Conger High School Agricultural Education Department, Eden Valley Watkins School District 463, Central High School Agricultural Education Department, Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA, Worthington High School, Stewartville High School Agriculture Department, Barron High School Agriculture Department, Caledonia FFA/Agriculture Department, Rice Lake High School, Ellsworth Community School District, Rushford-Peterson Schools and the Tri-City United Agriculture Department.
Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $4 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America.