SDDA Awards Youth Grants

SD Department of Agriculture



PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) 26 grants have been awarded by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Building our South Dakota Rural Communities grant program.  The grants are given out each year to 4-H Clubs, FFA Chapters, and Family Career and Community Leaders of America Chapters.  Walt Bones, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture says there were several applications this year and a number of great projects were funded.  He says rural youth are the future of agriculture in South Dakota and the grant program is one way that the ag department can support their work to make the state a better place to live, work and grow.  Of the more than 20 clubs or chapters that were funded is a Hughes/Stanley County 4-H club–the River 4-H Club.  The grant program is set up to help agricultural youth to beautify and improve their communities by working together to accomplish educational and project goals.  The ag department also has other financial programs for South Dakota producers including beginning farmers and ranchers, for dairy and feedlot expansions, livestock purchase and for value added businesses.

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