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AgStar offers grant to support ag education in high school

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. (April 19, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer grants to support the purchase of equipment for agriculture classrooms. There is a total of $25,000 available and schools can receive up to $2,500 each.

This grant program is designed to fund equipment for high school agriculture education programs in AgStar's service area. "AgStar wants to ensure ag education programs have the tools to continue to teach students about the importance of this industry in a hands-on learning environment," said John Monson, Chair of the Fund for Rural America. "We are proud to offer this grant program once again as education is essential for the success of agriculture for generations to come."

Applications considered for funding must be submitted online at www.AgStar.com. Applications are accepted during the month of May 2011. High school agriculture programs located in one of the 69 counties within AgStar's local service area are eligible to apply if they have not received a grant from AgStar in the past two years.

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $3 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Support must align with the Fund's mission to "enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities."

About AgStar:

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar's industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, tax services, accounting, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 13,000 stockholders. Visit www.AgStar.com for more information.

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