Falls FFA member awarded aquaculture grant

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Thirty-seven Wisconsin FFA members from 27 different chapters have been awarded $28,950 in Supervised Agricultural Experience grants from the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.

The foundation awarded the grants in five categories: aquaculture, dairy, livestock, organic agriculture and start-up. Successful candidates were chosen based on the level and scope of their SAE in accordance with their age, future goals and plans for the program, as well as financial need.

John Birr of Oconto Falls FFA was awarded a $300 aquaculture grant sponsored by the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association.

Through the SAE program, students are able to create their own business or build career skills through an existing operation. They apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world challenges and work experiences.

To apply for a grant, students must complete a five-page application explaining their SAE program, how much funding they are in need of, the expected use of those funds, future goals with their SAE and FFA and other school activities. Their FFA adviser also must submit a statement about the student’s involvement in the organization and the student’s vision with the SAE.

Five FFA members statewide received start-up grants of $1,000, which were provided by ST Paper (Oconto Falls), BlueScope Buildings and Sartori Company.