Sleepy Eye Ag. Department will use the grant funds to purchase equipment for student use, including sanders and a drone.

Sixty-six high schools in the Compeer Financial territory were awarded grants of up to $3,000 to fund programs and equipment for their agriculture classrooms. The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, announced the award of $150,000 through its Agriculture Education & Classroom Equipment Grant Program.

This grant program is designed to help fund agricultural education and classroom equipment in order that students have access to modern resources to broaden their perspective of the rapidly changing agricultural industry.

“The agriculture industry offers career choices that include not only the family farm, but well beyond,” said John Monson, Chair of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. “Hands-on learning and new technological opportunities are crucial in showing students the limitless opportunities within the agriculture industry.”

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

Nineteen schools in Minnesota, including Sleepy Eye Public School, were recipients of a grant. Sleepy Eye Ag. Department will use the grant funds to purchase equipment for student use, including sanders and a drone.