WEST CHESTER (January 6, 2020) – Three Chester County organizations will receive more than $30,000 in state grant funding to support youth agricultural education programs, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

“The science and technology of agriculture is constantly developing, and Chester County schools and programs are consistently at the forefront of these new projects,” Dinniman, who serves as Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “Our region has a rich agricultural heritage and we must continue to support and invest in the resources needed to teach the next generation of its importance.”

The funding, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Youth Grant Program, is as follows:

  • $7,500 for Chester County FFA to restore a Farmall tractor and build a log splitter using welding, mechanics, and other skills.
  • $6,900 for the Chester County Intermediate Unit for students to participate in the Animal and Veterinary Science program and for field trips and career development activities.
  • $3,900 for the Octorara Area School District for the Ag Mechanics class to purchase and assemble a drone to learn about precision agriculture.
  • $12,500 for the Octorara Area School District to purchase equipment for the precision ag course.

The program provides direct and matching grants to help fund eligible projects, programs and equipment purchases conducted or made by organizations composed mainly of youth and organized to promote development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training, and peer fellowship.

The Chester County grants come as part of a $500,000 total state awarded to 55 Agriculture and Youth Grant Program projects statewide. Of them, all except the $12,500 for the Octorara Area School District were direct grants.

The Agriculture and Youth Grant Program come as part of the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, a series of investments in the agricultural development of the Commonwealth that Dinniman supported and voted for.