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Compeer Financial is now accepting applications for its Agriculture Education & Classroom Equipment Grant Program. The grants support agricultural education by funding equipment or programs for high school agriculture classrooms. High school agriculture programs in Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 per school.

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, is offering this grant for the second year to support local communities who champion agriculture and rural lifestyle. Schools that received this grant last year are not eligible to apply this year.

“New technology and hands-on learning are both essential to showing students the world of modern agriculture,” said Melanie Olson, Corporate Giving Specialist. “We designed this grant to help school agriculture programs bring the rapidly changing agricultural industry into the classroom and broaden their perspective of what agriculture can be.”

In 2018, 66 schools were awarded Agriculture Education & Classroom Equipment Grants totaling $153,361. These grants directly impacted the lives of 12,330 students and touched the lives of 665,420 people in rural community school systems.

To apply for this grant, visit .

About the Fund for Rural America

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development, community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, and cooperative initiatives. The fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the fund can be found at .

About Compeer Financial

Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $20.8 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.

Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.