In support of the next generation of agricultural leaders, Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation partnered for the second consecutive year to back student-driven agriculture projects that will benefit Kansas communities and FFA chapters for years to come. This year, Grants for Growing will distribute an average of $700 to 7 FFA chapters for their impressive projects.
Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, awarded 316 Grants for Growing to FFA chapters which requested funding for a wide variety of sustainable projects. In Kansas, the grants will help fund projects including a welding center, agriculture lab and floral design company.
“Tractor Supply customers and team members are proud to support Grants for Growing and the FFA because they truly believe an investment in agriculture education is an investment in our communities,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company.
Between Jan. 10 and Feb. 13, the National FFA Foundation received over 800 applications from FFA chapters across the country detailing how they will start or expand a unique and sustainable project. During National FFA Week, Feb. 17 through Feb. 26, Tractor Supply hosted a 10-day in-store event in all Kansas stores that offered shoppers the opportunity to donate id="mce_marker" or more at checkout in support of the program.
Many FFA chapters participated in additional fundraising opportunities at their local Tractor Supply stores. Students greeted customers and held their own promotional events, including bake sales, car washes and more.
“The Grants for Growing applications we received this year proved that FFA advisors across the country are tuned into the specific needs of their school or community FFA chapter,” said Lisa White, director of store marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “We can’t wait to see what creative projects and fresh ideas FFA chapters will imagine for next year’s program.”
For more details about the program, visit www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing.