South Dakota FFA Foundation receives grant for FFA Ag Adventure Center

South Dakota FFA Foundation
Farm Forum

HURON, SOUTH DAKOTA- The South Dakota FFA Foundation received a $2,500 grant for a gazebo and exhibits at the FFA Ag Adventure Center. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.

Grant funds will be used enhance the FFA Ag Adventure Center on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. Enhancements include building a gazebo area to host hands-on learning activities, as well as other outdoor learning exhibits.

The space will offer interactive experiences for visitors throughout the year. FFA members will work in the facility, answer questions, instruct visitors and offer leadership opportunities for the FFA members.

“FFA is a good tool to bring together students, teachers and a multitude of Ag industries to educate each other and the public,” Gerri Eide, SD FFA Foundation executive director said. “Our Ag Adventure Center and the Ag Adventure Zone, during the Black Hills Stock Show, are great avenues and locations to fill the need in a fun, hands on way, educating people of all ages. We appreciate the support of FCSAmerica in making this happen.”

Construction of the exhibits began in January 2021 and additional planning, building and implementation will take place throughout the year.

“At FCSAmerica, we appreciate the opportunity to support the future of agriculture,” Tanya Houska, regional vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Huron office said.

The South Dakota FFA Foundation is one of 24 organizations to receive an expanded Working Here Fund grant in the fourth quarter of 2020. FCSAmerica awarded each organization up to $10,000 for a total of $138,200 to support projects focused on agricultural education, nutrition, beginning producers, essential services and rural disaster relief.