Huron School District awarded $25,000 grant to enhance STEM curriculum

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education
Farm Forum

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In early 2019, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, partnered with local farmers to nominate rural schools and awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to enhance their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Because area farmers answered the call, Grow Rural Education has awarded Huron School District in Beadle County, SD, with a $25,000 grant.

Huron School District is one of the many schools across the country that has benefited from the Grow Rural Education program. For each grant-winning school, teachers, students and, oftentimes, community members develop plans to create more engaging and innovative STEM programs. Grow Rural Education grants have helped schools purchase an array of STEM-related materials, such as augmented-reality sandboxes, weather forecasting and robotics equipment. Huron School District will use the Grow Rural Education funds to implement Project Lead the Way Launch – a hands on science and STEM program that focuses on student engagement for all kindergarten through fifth grade students.

“America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is a unique program because farmers play an important role throughout the process, from nominating schools to selecting the grant winners,” said Al Mitchell, president, Bayer Fund. “With the incredible support of local farmers, countless grant-winning schools have shared with us how Grow Rural Education funds have made their STEM programs more engaging and, in several instances, positively impacted test scores.”

To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, farmers nominated a school or school district to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. School districts that were nominated then submitted a grant application describing their STEM-focused project. Grow Rural Education’s Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of approximately 30 farmer leaders from across the country, reviewed the finalist applications and selected the winning school districts, including Huron School District.

Since Grow Rural Education began in 2011, it has awarded more than $18 million to more than 1,000 schools in rural communities across the United States. To view a complete list of winners or to learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, visit or follow along on Facebook at

Pictured are farmers that nominated the Huron School District for the grant. Linda Pietz and Jolene Konechne are accepting the award on behalf of the school district. From left: Garrett Bischoff, Spencer Stahly, Doug Staly, Chris Stahly, Judy Stahly, Mike Stahly, Nolan Stahly, Mason Stahly, Linda Pietz and Jolene Konechne.