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BV, LaMoille FFA chapters get grants

LAMOILLE/MANLIUS — Both the LaMoille and Bureau Valley FFA Chapters received $1,000 grants from the Illinois Agri-Women this fall for special projects they propose to undertake.

The LaMoille FFA Chapter submitted an application sponsored by Sandy Carpenter of Ohio and an Illinois Agri-Women member. The FFA members will purchase a free standing greenhouse they will construct themselves under the direction of FFA advisor Dan Fitzpatrick.

Barb Stuepfert, a retired LaMoille family and consumer science teacher, is also a sponsor of this project.

Carpenter also sponsored the Bureau Valley FFA chapter application to improve the landscaping at the Bureau Valley High School at Manlius. The members will remove any drought-damaged plants and develop a plan under the supervision of FFA advisor Willard Mott.

Local support and equipment will be sought as the FFA chapter proceeds with its long-term project.

The Illinois Agri-Women continue to seek connections with local FFA chapters to promote the career discovery event “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” held each spring.

The projects selected for grants encourage young women to investigate career opportunities related to agriculture that they may not be familiar with but are exceptional options for them to consider.

The fourth annual “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” will be held at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, on March 8, 2013.

More information is available at www.womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.

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