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August 9, 2013

Centerville FFA receives $700 grant

Centerville FFA received a $700 “Working Here Fund” grant to support its “Aggies are Readers” program this fall. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s “Working Here Fund.”

The grant will enable a classroom set of two book titles to help enhance agriculture literacy of area students. Ag instructor Liz Gaskins will work with the English and history teachers to write the curriculum to accompany the books so the students get the best interdepartmental education possible.

Twenty copies of the book, “Pickled, Potted, and Canned: How the Art of Food Processing Changed the World,” by Sue Shepard and 20 copies of “Plowman’s Folly” by Edward H Faulkner will be used in the class. Books will be purchased and curriculum will be planned for the use of the books implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.

The Centerville FFA is one of 44 organizations to receive an FCSAmerica “Working Here Fund” grant. FCSAmerica awarded $74,200 in grant funds during the latest grant cycle ending June 30, including $32,200 for community projects in Iowa.

The FCSAmerica “Working Here Fund” provides up to $2,000 each for projects and organizations that make a positive, long-term impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming in the areas of hunger and nutrition, agriculture education, and young and beginning producers. Grants are determined quarterly based on specific selection criteria. To complete an application, visit www.fcsamerica.com/workingherefund.

About Farm Credit Services of America

Farm Credit Services of America is a customer-owned financial cooperative proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With more than $19 billion in assets and more than $3 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.

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