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AgStar Offers Grant to Support Ag Education in High Schools

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

MANKATO, Minn. (May 4, 2010) - AgStar Financial Services' Fund for Rural America, a corporate-giving program, is proud to once again offer a grant supporting equipment for agriculture classrooms. The AgStar Fund has approved $50,000 for this program and up to $2,500 is available per school.

This grant program is designed to fund equipment for high school ag 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," stated Jody Bloemke, AgStar's Fund Administrator. "We are proud to offer this grant program 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. This grant program is accepting applications through May 31, 2010. High school agriculture programs located in one of the 69 counties within AgStar's chartered territory are eligible to apply if they have not already received a grant from AgStar in the past two years.

Since it's inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated in excess of $2.9 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" and focus in one of the four key areas of support: Education, Technology, Environment, and Quality of Life.

About AgStar:

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 610 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. 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 on the grant programs.

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