FFA Northwestern ag grant

Back Row: Zach Fischbach, Jackson Mielke, Jace Haven, Elaina Schmitt, Hannah Schentzel, and Mitchell Vander Wal. Front Row: Advisor Noelle Swanson, Kiarra Stuck, Ella Haven, Joclyn Haven, Rachel Osvog, FCSAmerica Insurance Officer, Lindsey Haskell, FCSAmerica Financial Officer, and Sadie Vander Wal.

HURON, S.D. – Northwestern FFA Chapter received an $8,000 grant for agriculture education. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.

Northwestern FFA will use the Working Here Fund grant to introduce a new agriculture education program featuring instruction in metal fabrication, engine repair and maintenance, ag structures and technology, development of drone technology, and agriscience laboratory curriculum within the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource program. The new program will better prepare students for college and develop skills to prepare them for future career opportunities.

“This project will provide the needed laboratory space, integrating new and innovative technology, and making equipment available for an innovative, successful, and sustainable Agriculture Food and Natural Resource program that develops students ability to problem solve, think critically and master life and technical skills,” said Noelle, Swanson, agriculture educator and FFA advisor.

The new program will offer an innovative and hands on learning opportunity for students at Northwestern High School.

“At FCSAmerica, we welcome the opportunity to support the future generations of ag producers,” said Michelle Pluta, vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Huron office.

Northwestern FFA is one of 13 organizations to receive an expanded Working Here Fund grant. FCSAmerica awarded each organization up to $10,000 for a total of $103,250 to support projects focused on agricultural education, hunger and nutrition, young and beginning producers or essential services and rural disaster relief.

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