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Grants Awarded to Future Farmers of America

Grants Awarded to Future Farmers of America

The Hitchcock-Tulare Future Farmers of America Chapter in South Dakota has received a $10,000 grant to put toward its hydroponics greenhouse project. Farm Credit Services of America made the contribution as part of its celebration of the Farm Credit centennial. In the fall of 2016, the Hitchcock-Tulare school will move into a new building with a state-of-the-art agriculture lab. With the grant funds they will be able to include up-to-date horticulture and hydroponics equipment in the lab. “The major long-term goal of this project is to improve student learning opportunities through the expansion of the horticulture and plant science instruction through a revised curriculum, relevant student activities and a new hydroponics greenhouse lab,” says Michel Brink, agriculture instructor at Hitchcock-Tulare High School. The Hitchcock-Tulare FFA Chapter is one of 13 organizations to receive an expanded Working Here Fund grant to commemorate Farm Credit’s 100 years of support to rural communities and agriculture as a financial cooperative.

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