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Wa-Nee Community Schools not selected for Monsanto grants, will reapply next year

Though it made it through to the final round, Wa-Nee Community Schools wasn’t among the winners of a grant for rural education. 

In early July, St. Louis-based agriculture company Monsanto released its list of finalists for the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. The program provides $10,000 and $25,000 grants to public school systems for agricultural education projects, according to previous Flavor 574 reporting.

Winners were announced Monday, Aug. 3, and of the nine Indiana schools that were chosen as winners, NorthWood High School’s “Agribusiness Reaching into the Future” program didn’t make the cut.

But the work in agriculture teacher Amy Beer’s classroom will continue. 

The program she submitted focused on STEM techniques in the class and using those techniques to build an agriculture business, from business development to hands-on cultivation experience, she said. 

“Even if it’s not in our favor, we will reapply next year and hope for the best,” she told Flavor 574 in July. 

Looking forward, Beer will take some time to plan the project and reapply, she said. With the possibility of a few adjustments, she said the project next year will look similar to Agribusiness Reaching into the Future. 

“It’s great to have companies like Monsanto willing to support and give back to education,” she said. “It’s good to keep kids excited about agriculture.” 

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