The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $45,000 in grants for its County Fair Facility Upgrade grant program. Eighteen county fair programs received $2,500 grants to use toward fairground agricultural building improvements.
The mission of this program is to support rural areas and county fair organizations as upgrades or maintenance are done on fairground livestock buildings, 4-H buildings or livestock judging arenas. Every county in AgStar's 69 county service area is eligible to apply for a grant up to $2,500 if it has not received a grant in the last two years.
"Many county fairs struggle on the upkeep of these old buildings and AgStar is proud to step in with monetary support to update them," stated John Monson, Chair of AgStar's Fund Board of Trustees. "County fairs are vital to the agriculture community and it's an honor for us to help them succeed."
The 18 Minnesota and Wisconsin organizations receiving grants this year include: Ashland County Fair Association, Central Burnett County Fair Association, Chisago County Ag Society, The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairplex, Houston County Agricultural Society, Iron County Fair Association, Le Sueur County Fair Association, Nicollet County Fair Board, Olmsted County Agricultural Association, Pepin County Fair Board, Pine County 4-H, St. Croix County Meat Animal, Scott County Agricultural Society, Sherburne County 4-H, Todd County Ag Society, Waseca County Fair, Watonwan County Ag Association and Wright County 4-H Federation.
Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated in excess of $3 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Support must align with the Fund's mission of enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.Source: AgStar