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Three organizations receive grants from women’s committee

—By Kathleen M. Dutro
Public Relations Team

Three organizations – the Linton-Stockton School Corporation in Greene County, Rush County Farm Bureau and the Jay County Soil and Water Conservation District – were recently awarded grants by the Indiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

The grants are through the Ag Education & Promotion Development Grant program, which provides assistance to county Farm Bureaus, Farm Bureau members and educators that do not have adequate funds for a new program, activity, or to attend an event that would enhance the promotion of agriculture and education. Indiana Farm Bureau awards grants of up to $250 to winning applicants.

Linton-Stockton School Corporation will use its grant to buy a microscope and accessories. The grant to the Jay County SWCD will be used to develop an educational unit on earthworms. And the Rush County grant will be used to start a new program that uses “Grow Boxes” to show students how food is grown.

Among previous winners was the Elizabeth Starr Academy for Young Entrepreneurs in Richmond, Ind., which received one of the 2013 grants. The school, in cooperation with Farm Bureau, Purdue extension and the Master Gardeners, used the grant to build raised-bed gardens in the school yard.

“We are truly appreciative of this opportunity you gave us,” the school wrote.

For more information on the grant program, visit IFB’s website, www.infarmbureau.org, and under “Programs,” click on “Women’s Leadership Committee.”

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