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AgStar announces county fair grant recipients

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $76,250 in grants for its County Fair Facility Upgrade grant program. Twenty six county fair programs received grants to use toward fairground agricultural building improvements.

The mission of this program is to support rural areas and county fair organizations as upgrades or maintenance is done on fairground livestock buildings, 4-H buildings or livestock judging arenas. Every county in AgStar’s 69 county service area is eligible to apply for a grant up to $3,000 if it has not received a grant in the last two years.

“It’s often a struggle for many county fair organizations to manage the upkeep of old fairground buildings,” explained John Monson, Chair of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees. “AgStar is proud to support these update projects because we believe county fairs are vital to the agriculture community. It’s an honor to partner with these organizations and continue to see them prosper.”

The 23 Minnesota and Wisconsin organizations receiving grants of $3,000 this year include: Itasca County Agricultural Association, Scott County 4-H, Carlton County Fair, Cass County Agriculture Association-Pine River, Rice County Fair, Freeborn County Agricultural Society, Lake County Agricultural Society, Pine County Agricultural Society, Washington County Agricultural Society, Mower County Fair, Faribault County Livestock Committee, Isanti County Agricultural Society, Murray County Fair, Aitkin County Agricultural Society, Goodhue County Fair and Agriculture Society, Martin County Fair, Stearns County Fair Association, Burnett County Agricultural Society, Jackson County 4-H Federation, Dunn County Fair, Wabasha County Agricultural Fair Association, Inc., Nobles County 4-H, and Anoka County Agricultural Society. Morrison County Agricultural Society received a grant of $2,900, Sherburne County Agricultural Society was awarded $2,850, and Rusk County Livestock Committee received $1,500.

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated over $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, tax services, accounting, 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 www.AgStar.com for more information.

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