Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

March 7, 2014

North Decatur FFA receives $2,500 grant

GREENSBURG – North Decatur High School (NDHS) FFA students now have 2,500 reasons to thank Decatur County farmer Millie Stein.

Stein filled out and submitted a grant application to Monsanto on behalf of the NDHS FFA chapter. The grant, which the Monsanto Fund sponsors through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, awarded $2,500 to the North Decatur chapter of the FFA, or Future Farmers of America on Friday.

NDHS FFA advisor and agriculture teacher Scott Johnson told the Daily News that the school will use the bulk of the grant to directly benefit members by sponsoring their FFA dues and registration fees for upcoming conventions.

Monsanto began the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program in 2009, with a small pilot group. Soon, the program expanded into a nation-wide initiative, giving communities a chance to earn a substantial grant to support local organizations that are important to farmers and the local community.

This year, the Monsanto Fund predicts it will award more than $7.3 million in 1,271 counties across 39 states. There are various other grant programs sponsored by the Monsanto Fund aimed at keeping the next generation involved in agriculture-related fields, which make up one out of every five jobs in the United States.

The FFA, which is the largest student organization in the world, is keeping students across the country interested in agriculture. In order to continue producing the mass amount of food required to feed America and export to other countries, there must be a trained workforce prepared to tackle the immense amount of work to accomplish that feat.

Thanks to the grant covering membership dues, NDHS will be doing its part to ensure that Decatur County is contributing a fair share of workers in the agricultural field.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004; Amanda.browning@greensburgdailynews.com

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