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Compeer Financial Awards Ag Classroom Equipment Grants
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/05/2020

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America program has awarded over $150,000 in Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grants this spring. Program this year. Coordinators say high school agriculture programs in cooperative's 144-county territory were eligible to apply for up to $3,000 per school to promote agriculture education and inspire youth to gain a deeper understanding of the ever-changing agriculture industry by funding programs and the modern classroom equipment.

"The goal of this program is to develop and enhance modern, comprehensive agriculture education in schools, teaching students about its importance and limitless potential," said Corporate Giving Specialist Karen Schieler. "We know that many physical classrooms were empty at the end of the year this school year, and that agriculture instructors are eager to return to the classroom and expose students to the breadth and depth of the industry. We hope these grants will help them achieve those goals."

Organizations in Wisconsin that received grants in 2020 include:

** Albany School District: for garden hoes and shovels, gardening gloves, hose, soil, vegetable seeds, fertilizers, and storage bin

** Alma FFA: for a bovine AI cervix training kit, laserjet and cartridges

** Arcadia School District: for a hydroponics table and supplies

** Cadott Community School District: for 3-in-1 bend-roll- and shear machines

** Campbellsport High School: for a portable hydroponic system

** DeForest Area School District- Agriculture Department: for a plant growth cart and hydroponic set up

** Elk Mound High School: for a Flex Farm 288

** Elmwood FFA: for orchard improvements

** Flambeau High School Ag/FFA: for a welder and consumables

** Howards Grove High School: for a refrigerator

** Iowa-Grant School District Ag Department: for portable steel benches for the greenhouse

** Laconia High School - Rosendale-Brandon School District: for a Flex Farm 144

** Lancaster High School Agriculture Education Department: for electric ranges and refrigerator

** Lomira High School: for a bovine breeder artificial insemination simulator

** Mt. Horeb High School: for hydroponic units and accessories

** New Auburn Agriscience Department: for a Carolina Plant Environmental Chamber

** New Lisbon AgriScience Department: for Go Direct sensors and probes

** Ripon High School Agriculture Education Department: for electrophoresis apparatuses, gel bottles, LED full spectrum grow light pack, light fixtures and shipping costs

** River Valley FFA: for tank heaters, water pumps, water filters and cartridges, LED aquarium lights, aquarium gravel, water test kits, aquarium accessories and plants, cleaners and scrubbers, various rish types and species

** School District of Ashland: for greenhouse and hydroponic system equipment and supplies

** School District of Bloomer: for a CNC router

** School District of Horicon: for hydroponic dutch bucket closed loop system for greenhouse

** Shullsburg Schools: for electrophoresis equipment including chambers, power supplies, and a UV Transilluminator

** St. Croix Falls School District Agriculture Education Department: for cookware and kitchen utensils

** Vincent High School of Agricultural Sciences: for a glass door reach-in refrigerator

** Wauzeka-Steuben School District: for expanding and upgrading the greenhouse

** Wisconsin Dells FFA: for an egg incubator, food dehydrator, and GPS receivers

** Wonewoc-Center FFA: for a bovine AI training kit and cow anatomy 3D flip chart

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