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Students Win $2,000 Grant for Tower Gardens

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Banner County FFA Chapter Receives a $2,000 grant for Infinity Towers 
Grant provided by Farm Credit Services of America Working Here Fund
for Agriculture Education 

SCOTTSBLUFF, NEBRASKA – Banner County FFA Chapter received a $2,000 grant for Infinity Towers.  The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.
Banner County FFA will use the Working Here Fund grant to purchase tower gardens for the elementary classrooms.  The students will use the towers to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables and gain hands-on plant biology education.  The produce from the tower gardens will be used in the school cafeteria.
The tower gardens are scheduled to become a part of the classroom in early December with the first harvest planned in early January.
“At FCSAmerica, we appreciate the opportunity to support the future generations of ag producers,” said Melany Kizzire, vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Scottsbluff office.
Banner County FFA Chapter is one of 78 organizations to receive a Working Here Fund grant in the third quarter of 2018.  FCSAmerica awarded $120,625 during the latest grant cycle ending September 30, 2018.
About Banner County FFA Chapter
Banner County FFA is dedicated to the enrichment and education of the students in the chapter and school while promoting the benefits of agriculture through leadership, hands on experiences and in the growing and developing of food and nutrients for the community. Teacher Bill Gifford encourages students to develop writing and communication skills as well through real-world experiences such as developing this project, writing the grant application, and presenting the project goals to the Banner County Board of Education.

About Farm Credit Services of America
Farm Credit Services of America is proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With $28.3 billion in assets and nearly $5.4 billion in members’ equity, FCSAmerica is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more at www.fcsamerica.com

In the photo (left to right) are: Patrick Miller, Joe Cross, Kathryn Blankenship, Bill Gifford, Courtney Rundell