12-22-16 Local FFA chapters awarded Colorado Corn grant dollars to help with various projects

Colorado Corn LogoLocal FFA chapters awarded Colorado Corn grant dollars to help with various projects

Greeley, CO – December 22, 2016 – The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) recently awarded a total of $7,500 to three FFA chapters in Colorado, helping those advisers and students with projects that cover greenhouse irrigation and fertilization systems, livestock facilities, and in one particular case, helping a brand-new chapter get off the ground.

Adding to its support of other youth-focused projects, the CCAC began its FFA grant program in 2013, awarding a $5,000 grant to the winner during the first year, and all together has now contributed a total of $28,984 to FFA chapters through this program.

This year’s Colorado Corn FFA Grant recipients (receiving $2,500 each) are:

Holly FFA Chapter
The Holly FFA Chapter will use its grant dollars to install an automated watering system and fertilizer injector in its greenhouse – where the students raise flowers and vegetables, sell them to the public, and use the proceeds to help fund the chapter’s activities.

Manzanola FFA Chapter
The Manzanola School District is in the process of initiating an FFA Chapter – currently waiting to have its chapter charter application approved by the state – and will use its awarded Colorado Corn grant dollars to help fund various aspects of its needed curriculum, as well as FFA jackets and other items for its inaugural members.

Sedgwick County FFA Chapter
With its awarded grant dollars, the Sedgwick County FFA Chapter will build a 50-by-20-foot structure on its school farm, which will be used for raising market hogs as an organization to sell to the community, among other projects. The structure will also provide space for raising animals as fair projects for interested youth who otherwise couldn’t because of space or other constraints.

Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general. See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.