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AgStar announces Ag in the Classroom grant recipients

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Pictured in photo (L to R): Brady McCabe, Braden Hahn, Cody Hendrickson, Andy Coyle, Mckinnen Stone, Shawn Cureton, Mitch Ristau, Eric Ruen. Photo submitted

Mankato, Minn., (November 6, 2012) – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $750 to Fillmore Central High School for advancement of equipment in their agriculture and industrial technology shop.

“Fillmore Central Schools appreciates receiving the AgStar Fund for Rural America grant of $750 for our new welding machine at the Fillmore Central High School,” said Jenelle Thorman, Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor. “Our new welding machine will be used to allow students to advance their welding skills through hands-on training. The support of public education by a private agriculture business such as AgStar shows this company is dedicated to preparing students for successful careers in the agriculture industry.”

AgStar presented the Fillmore Central Agriculture and Industrial Technology Department with their check on October 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the high school in Harmony.

The mission of this program is to support rural areas in AgStar’s service area by funding equipment for high school agriculture classrooms. Every rural high school agriculture program in AgStar’s 69 county service area is eligible to apply for a grant for up to $2,500 if it has not received a grant in the last two years.

“Offering this grant program to ag classrooms is important to AgStar because we believe that education is the first step to helping students realize the vitality of agriculture in the world,” said John Monson, Chair of the AgStar Fund for Rural America. “Schools are especially strapped for funding in this area and we at AgStar want to help in every way possible to make sure the next generation is being educated about a topic so close to our hearts.”

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated in excess of $4 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Support must align with the Fund’s mission of enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.

About AgStar:

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 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, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 15,000 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit www.AgStar.com for more information.

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