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Ag View FS/CoBank donate $10,000 to Farm Bureau Foundation

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 12:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 12:13 p.m. CDT
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Ag View FS General Manager Mark Orr (left) and CoBank representative Kent Erhardt (right) present Jill Frueh, Bureau County Farm Bureau Manager, with a $10,000 donation.

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation, a non-profit that supports and enhances educational activities as well as other community programs, has received a donation of $10,000 from Ag View FS and CoBank as part of the bank’s “Sharing Success” program.

The donation will be used to fund agricultural scholarships and internships, promote educational programs such as Ag in the Classroom and provide leadership opportunities. This donation will be split among Ag View FS’s territory, which is Bureau, Lee, Marshall-Putnam and Stark counties.

“The Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation benefits the entire community by promoting education of our future ag leaders,” said Mark Orr, general manager of Ag View FS. “We’re honored to team up with CoBank to help the foundation achieve those objectives.”

The foundation has been a community partner for more than 20 years, providing residents of the county with educational and leadership building opportunities.

“This donation from our friends at Ag View FS and CoBank will allow us to continue to provide the services and programs that are so important to area residents,” said Jill Frueh, manager of the foundation.

The contribution is part of CoBank’s “Sharing Success” program, a $3 million matching grant program designed to benefit cooperatives and charitable groups they support throughout rural America. Coinciding with the United Nations’ “International Year of Cooperatives,” CoBank will match contributions by its cooperative customers to nonprofit organizations of their choice for the remainder of 2012, or until the fund is exhausted. The gifts will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis, from a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000.

“Shared success is a hallmark of the cooperative business model,” said Robert B. Engel, CoBank’s president and CEO. “Throughout rural America, cooperatives of all sizes are working not only to provide value to their members but to improve the quality of life in their local communities. We’re delighted that Ag View FS has taken advantage of the Sharing Success program and that they are using it to support such a worthy cause.”

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