Ag Farm Receives FCS America Grant
Lake Area Technical College received a $1,000 Working Here Fund grant for an Ag Demonstration Farm. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund for Agriculture Education.
The Lake Area Technical College will offer hands-on learning experiences on a working farm for students. The farm offers 70 acres divided into four fields featuring specific crop demonstration purpose for the growing year. The demonstrations are all based on new agriculture practices that have been recently introduced into the market.
“To optimize planting, fertilizing and harvesting strategies at the farm, precision technologies are incorporated,” said Brian Olson, Lake Area Technical College. “All agriculture students, regardless of which ag-related option they choose, participate in activities on the demonstration farm.”
“At FCSAmerica, we appreciate the opportunity to support the future generation of agriculture producers” said Matt Lindgren, regional vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Watertown office.
Lake Area Technical College is one of 107 organizations to receive a Working Here Fund grant in the first quarter of 2016. FCSAmerica awarded $179,000 during the latest grant cycle ending March 31, 2016.
About Lake Area Technical College
Lake Area Technical College will be the leader in technical education working in partnership with business and industry and all levels of education. Lake Area Technical College staff will integrate the latest technology and methods of delivering quality education to meet emerging global workforce demands. Lake Area Technical College will continue to develop marketing strategies to promote technical education and will maintain excellence in all programs.
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 nearly $24.8 billion in assets and $4.3 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.
Photo : (l-r) Jane Jaspers, Farm Credit Services, Lake Area Technical College Ag Instructors, Brian Olson, Jason Karels, Darrel Woolery.