Twenty high schools throughout Wisconsin will be receiving grants of up to $3,000 each to fund agriculture education programs and equipment in the classroom. The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, awarded a total of $152,452 through the Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grant Program in 2019. These grants directly impacted the lives of 8,004 students across the three states.The grant program seeks to promote ag education and inspire youth to gain a deeper understanding of the ever-changing agriculture industry by funding programs and the modern classroom equipment.“As the agriculture industry continues to evolve and change, ensuring students get the exposure to the breadth and depth of the industry is something challenging many American schools,” said Karen Schieler, a Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “The goal of this program is to develop and enhance modern, comprehensive agriculture education in schools, teaching students about its importance and limitless potential.”High school agriculture departments throughout Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory were eligible to apply for an Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grant.The Wisconsin schools selected as grant recipients chose to utilize their grants for many diverse curricula and supplies. The organizations in Wisconsin to receive grants in 2019 include:Bangor Area School District – to purchase a CNC plasma table, CNC water table, plasma cutter, laptop stand, and CNC control softwareBaraboo High School – to purchase an aquaponics systemBelleville High School – to purchase IV injection training pads and a suture training kitChippewa Falls High School – to purchase a mini fish farmColfax FFA – to purchase a bovine breeder artificial insemination simulatorDe Soto FFA – to purchase a hydroponic-aeroponic Tower Garden kit and suppliesDodgeland High School – to purchase a hydroponic systemDurand-Arkansaw School District – to purchase models of a cow, ruminant, pig stomach, dicot flower and dicot stemEdgerton High School – to purchase a mobile light cart, refractometer and an egg incubatorFort Atkinson High School – to purchase a suture kit, injection pads, plant science kit, dicot stem and flower models, corn grain model, and 3D pork and beef meat cut postersJanesville Craig High School – to purchase a commercial refrigeratorLuck Public Schools – to purchase large animal gates, pig feeders, and pigletsMontello High School – to purchase a new egg incubatorPardeeville High School – to purchase a cow and pig modelPlatteville High School – to purchase greenhouse accessoriesPrairie Farm Agricultural Education – To purchase building materials for a greenhouse, a tiller, and gardening suppliesRio FFA – To purchase building supplies, gardening supplies, and plants (including tomato, pepper, onion, jalapeño, potato, beans, and squash)School District of Mondovi – to purchase a plasma torch and welder with a cartWeston School District – to purchase an 18L autoclave and supplies, an African violet tissue culture kit, and veterinary suppliesWhitewater High School – to purchase beekeeping supplies and GPS units
Getting up at 2 in the morning might shock some of her listeners, but for Pam Jahnke, it’s part of the business. Born in Northeastern Wisconsin, Pam Jahnke grew up in agriculture. Raised on her family’s 200-acre dairy farm, she learned the “farm work ethic” first hand.