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Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Committee receives grant from AgStar Fund for Rural America

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn., (June 12, 2013) – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, awarded a $3,000 grant to the Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Committee through its annual county fair facility upgrade grant program.

The Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Committee plans to use the grant money to purchase additional pens for animal housing. In recent years, animal overcrowding was an issue as participation in animal showing increased. By installing more pens, the committee can promote animal safety, proper care, and benefit fairgoers by giving appropriate animal viewing space.

“We greatly appreciate AgStar’s financial support with the County Fair Facility Upgrade Grant,” said Jon Pettit, Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Committee President. “We continue to experience growth in the number of 4-H animals that are exhibited at the fair, which is exciting, and with this grant we can purchase additional pens to assist with housing for swine, sheep and goats. AgStar has been a great community friend to our 4-H youth.”

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated over $4 million to organizations in communities that work to improve the future of rural America.

“Many county fairs struggle with the costs of maintaining old buildings and equipment,” said Melanie Olson, fund specialist of AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. “AgStar is proud to offer grants like this one that will encourage participation in county fairs, as they are vital to the success of the agricultural community.”

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 14,000 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit for more information.

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