Farm Bureau awards grants to FFA Chapters

By on October 23, 2010

Kane County—The KCFB Foundation recently awarded a $500 grant to each of three local FFA Chapters to recognize the continued contributions of students from Kane County FFA Chapters in the success of Farm Bureau programs and encourage these and other community service efforts.

For 2010, the foundation selected three programs to help promote leadership development skills in FFA members. FFA Chapters from Central (Burlington), Hinckley-Big Rock and Kaneland high schools provided volunteers for the Farm Bureau’s Ag Days at Mooseheart, Touch-A-Tractor event, and activities at the Kane County Fair. Each of the three chapters in Kane County qualified for the full grant amount of $500.

Participation in two or more of the selected programs earned FFA Chapters a minimum $250 Chapter Grant. Participation in all three earned $400, and they received $100 for completing and reporting a community service activity by July 31, 2010.

The Kaneland FFA Chapter helped feed their neighbors in need with a community service project. The chapter has a corn test plot just east of Kaneland High School to test the characteristics of different varieties of corn hybrids. It has pledged the proceeds from an acre of the harvest from that field to KCFB’s Harvest for ALL hunger relief effort and named Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove as the beneficiary.