The Nevada High School FFA received a $500 Working Here Fund grant to support its open house and field day where members will showcase the importance of agriculture careers in mechanics and technology. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.
During the Nevada High School open house and field day, the school will open the agriculture mechanics lab for students, parents and community members to see the multitude of tractors and equipment the agriculture students and FFA members have worked on or will be working on. Also on display will be tractors donated to the FFA and tractors the Nevada FFA has rebuilt, restored and sold.
"This event showcases how important agriculture is to our community," said Kevin Cooper, Ag Ed Instructor & FFA Advisor, Nevada High School FFA. "The ag students also have the learning opportunity of organizing a field day and open house including all the communication and promotion components that go with it."
Middle school and elementary students will visit the open house and field day during the day with the goal of inspiring them to think about a future in agriculture. The event also is open to the public. Displays from local companies will show the economic impact that agriculture has on the local economy.
"We understand that by helping educate tomorrow’s farmers, today, we are making a worthwhile investment in the future of rural America," said Alan Erickson, vice president, FSCAmerica Newton.
Nevada High School FFA is one of 53 organizations to receive a Working Here Fund grant. FCSAmerica awarded $76,600 during the latest grant cycle ending September 30, $36,350 of which will help fund community projects in Iowa.
The 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 agriculture education, young and beginning producers, or hunger and nutrition programs. Grants are determined quarterly based on specific selection criteria. To complete an application, visit www.fcsamerica.com/workingherefund.