HARRISBURG – Two Tioga County school districts and one in Bradford County have been awarded grants to help prepare the state’s next generation of farmers, Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced today.
The Ag and Youth Grant program was reenacted by the General Assembly earlier this year as part of a comprehensive package of bills designed to support the state’s top industry.
“We need to help our farmers deal with the challenges they are facing today, but at the same time we need to prepare for the future,” Owlett said. “This grant program is one way we are working to boost agriculture education and expose future workers to the many opportunities that exist in the industry.”
The Wellsboro Area School District was awarded $2,000 to help bring the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Mobile Ag Science Lab to the elementary school to teach the younger students in the district about agriculture and where their food comes from. The grant requires no matching funds.
North Penn-Liberty High School in the Southern Tioga School District was awarded $25,000 toward a building to house the Ag Production Career and Technical Education program and FFA Chapter. This grant requires matching funds.
Canton Area School District in Bradford County was awarded $7,250 for the purchase of hydroponics equipment for Canton Area FFA students and environmental science, ag science and ag biology students.
The grants were among 55 awarded across the Commonwealth. Funded at $500,000 for this year, the grant program provides youth organizations with direct, non-matching grants of up to $7,500 to defray costs of eligible projects, and matching reimbursement grants of up to $25,000 for capital projects or equipment purchases. Eligible projects included those that are for education or workforce development seminars or field trips; agricultural safety training programs; and capital projects or equipment.
Representative Clint Owlett
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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