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Tractor Supply, FFA looking for local agricultural projects to fund

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New Mexico FFA chapters in search of funding for their next animal science lab, community garden or other noteworthy agricultural project can get some help.

Tractor Supply Co. stores in New Mexico, including the Roswell store on North Main Street, has launched its third annual Grants for Growing campaign — a competitive grant program designed to support local FFA chapters in New Mexico that want to make a difference in their communities through sustainable agriculture-focused projects.

To qualify for a grant, FFA advisors should visit FFA.org/grantsforgrowing and submit an application by Feb. 14. The submission process requires entrants to provide a detailed proposal, including how they will start, maintain or expand on a project that will benefit their communities.

Grants, which are awarded to chapters in the spring, have a value between $500 and $5,000.

Since 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization, including a record setting $731,000 in 2017. In total, the initiative has funded 692 grants supporting projects involving 69,134 students.

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“FFA is well known for its civic-centered initiatives, and Grants for Growing is Tractor Supply’s way of supporting the students who are striving to make their communities better, more sustainable places,” said Jessica Holmes, marketing manager at Tractor Supply. “Whether it’s a project focused around greenhouse development, public landscaping or livestock, by applying for a grant FFA advisors help increase their students’ ability to make long-term community impacts.”

To support the program, Tractor Supply will host a 10-day in-store fundraising period, Feb. 16-25, which will give customers the opportunity to donate at checkout. All in-store donations will remain within the state they are donated.

For more details about the program, visit FFA.org/grantsforgrowing.

The National FFA Organization, formerly called Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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