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Ag Education and Classroom Grants Awarded

For Immediate Release


Karen Schieler, Sr. Corporate Giving Specialist

[email protected] or (309) 268-0254



Compeer Financial Grants 65 Schools
 Ag Education & Classroom Equipment 

Sun Prairie, Wis., (June 16, 2022)  The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, awarded a total of $229,852 through the Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grant Program this year. Sixty-five high schools in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin located across Compeer Financial’s territory will be receiving grants of up to $4,000 each funding a variety of hands-on learning tools and new technologies for agriculture education classrooms. 

The lives of 11,573 students will be directly impacted through this grant program, which is intended to support agriculture education and motivate youth to further their knowledge of the agriculture industry. With this ever-changing industry comes the need for program funding, and that’s where Compeer Financial steps in. 

“The goal of this grant program is to help develop and enhance modern, comprehensive agriculture education in schools, teaching students about its importance and limitless potential,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “The agriculture industry offers a variety of career opportunities, and exposing young adults to this starts in the classroom. These grants help to fuel the inspiration and exposure students receive in high schools.”

High school agriculture departments throughout Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory were eligible to apply for an Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grant. 

The organizations receiving grants in 2022 include: 


Minooka FFA: raised beds, stock tanks, soil, sand, drainage materials, landscape fabric and fertilizer

Genoa-Kingston High School: multipurpose welding machine, wire, TIG cups, tungsten rods, and consumables, and an argon tank

Kane County Juvenile Justice Center School: classroom and instructional materials, and all plants and material inputs for the school's teaching garden

Evanston Township High School: chicken coops, electrical, and cleaning and maintenance tools

Streator Agricultural Education Department-Streator High School: floral cooler, dissection pans, dissection equipment and drills

El Paso-Gridley High School: industrial packing tables and stools

Peotone High School Agriculture Department/ FFA: table top work table, welding tables, hand grinder, Leadership and Soft Skills Program, and Real Career Employability skills program

Herscher High School: flexible seating and drone

Prairie Central Agriculture Department:  small gas engines

Momence Community School District 1: beef, swine and chicken kits; cornstalk model and rabbit model

Normal Community High School: greenhouse enhancements, including replacement of heating and cooling systems, environmental and water controls, and plant benches

Brimfield FFA: CNC machine

United High School FFA Chapter: rolling benches for greenhouse

Rockridge High School: CNC machine

Knoxville High School: welders

ROWVA Schools: high-pressure, laminate top science table

Pleasant Hill Community School: a plasma CNC cutter and water table

Payson FFA: chicken coop supplies

Orangeville FFA: water source for greenhouse

Belvidere North High School FFA: swine breeder and injection pad

Dakota High School: irrigation system for greenhouse, drone system, welding gloves, hoods, aprons and virtual welding software



Sibley East Ag Department: floral cooler

Buffalo Minnesota Agricultural Department: drip irrigation equipment for the greenhouse

Watertown-Mayer High School: welding helmets, clamps, and LabQuest devices and sensors

ROCORI Agriculture Program: floral cooler and a garden tiller

Eden Valley-Watkins: growing tower and growing tables, and equipment for kitchen lab spaces

Sauk Rapids - Rice FFA: stainless steel table carts and a chest freezer

Grand Meadow Public Schools: equipment to house and maintain bee colonies

CTECH - Rochester Public Schools: MIG-Flux core welder and a CNC plasma table and plasma cutter

Lincoln High School - Lake City Agriculture Department: new floral cooler

Lanesboro Public Schools: plasma cutter, socket sets and organizers, drive ratchets, impact tools, grinders, engine stand, wrenches, ratchet wrench set

Chatfield High School: materials for raised beds, meat saw, meat slicer and meat processing equipment; pressure canners and equipment

Southern Minnesota Education Consortium: portable livestock housing facility

JWP Agriculture Department: bovine injection simulator

Mankato East High School: food science and nutrition lab kit, food safety kit, insect identification kit and a plant mini educational hydroponics

New Ulm Public Schools: swine litter processing simulator and a swine artificial insemination simulator

Albert Lea High School: enclosed trailer and landscaping equipment

Windom Area Schools: seedling light carts and humidity tents

Mountain Lake FFA: floriculture cooler, microscopes and scales

United South Central High School: set of robotics kits



Cuba City School District: simulator with removable cervix, reproductive tract and cow hide cover; gloves;; stages of corpus luteum development models;   stages of fetal development models; Quick start guide; and Online access to curriculum

Wisconsin Heights High School: hydroponic tower garden

Dodgeville FFA: fertilizer injector, cart and plumbing kit, water line, drip lines and adaptors, start-up seeds, digital scales, fertilizer, irrigation control, pollinators, growing supports, picking trays, grow bags, pruning shears, PVC pipe and components, and submersible pumps

Pardeeville Agri-Science Department: corn stalk model and butcher beef cuts model

Mauston FFA: hydroponic system and LED grow lights

Prairie du Chien High School: tables, labeling system, seed packet organizers, fertilizers and seeds; fix watering system in the greenhouse,

Weston School District- Weston FFA: walk-in poultry cage, steel garden wagon and a live stream camera

Princeton School District: 3D models of different animals and plant structures

Oakfield School District: vertical automatic feed hydroponics unit, fertilizer injector system and soil mixing table

School District of Omro: hydroponic system

Central Wisconsin Christian School: hydroponic growing systems with LED indoor grow lights and support cages

Bangor FFA: maple syrup evaporator, installation of a water hydrant for school garden, induction hot plates, and a convertible refrigerator-freezer

De Soto FFA: greenhouse controller

Brookwood High School: commercial grade egg incubator, equipment for egg candling, brooder boxes, feeders and waterers

Holmen High School Agri Science: hydroponic tower systems, chicken model, and dog uterus model

Whitehall School District Agriculture Department and FFA: calf simulator

Osceola FFA/Osceola Agriculture Department: hydroponic grow tower

Baldwin-Woodville High School: gates, mats, halters, feeding troughs, watering dishes and other equipment for the barn

Drummond Area School District: Ag Tech Systems and Mechanics Curriculum Guide and Answer Key, tool chests, tool sets, tool chest liners and securing materials

Independence Middle/High School: Advanced Veterinary Training: Critical Care Fluffy and Goldie-K9 Breath-Heart Sound Simulator, and suture kits

Colfax Agricultural Education: lab incubator, cabinet incubator, humidity pump, beef cut ID Program, tree ring dating, Electrochemical Remediation of Wastewater, tree study kit, Modeling Stream Erosion and Deposition, Conformation workbooks, Dairy Cattle Judging DVD, Practice Dairy Cow Judging, Livestock Evaluation text, tablets and CD player adaptors

Black River Falls FFA: raised bed mix in the high tunnel, storage shed brackets, shelving, ladder and fasteners; re-roof and re-side the bee equipment storage shed; paver base material in the high tunnel; beekeeping equipment and pollinator shrubs

Cumberland School District Agriculture Education Department: cheese, root beer, medication administration, kitchen science, seed, germ and soil kits; churn; scat and yeast labs; thermometers; clipper; spiralizer; peeler set; corn cutter; sheep organ - heart and brain; cow eye; dog skeleton model; photosynthesis chamber; pH strips and kit; barometer; and coriolis effect kit

Monroe High School - Agriculture Department: swine litter processing simulators and supply pack

New Glarus High School: hydroponic grow tower


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 agricultural advocacy and development, agriculture education, cooperative initiatives, rural development and community enrichment; and youth engagement. 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 $27.7 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.



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