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CHS Foundation ag teacher grants applications are now open

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Honoring its 75th anniversary of supporting ag leaders, the CHS Foundation is providing $75,000 in grants for teachers grades K-12 to implement an experiential agricultural project at their school. 

“Throughout the years, it’s the people who have transformed our contributions into life-changing impact for young leaders in agriculture, and teachers have played a major role,” says Nanci Lilja, president of the CHS Foundation. “We are proud of the teachers who put many of these contributions to work, and we’re thrilled that these grants will continue to support their efforts.”

Megan Seifert, ag ed teacher and FFA director at Melrose High School. (Image courtesy of CHS Foundation)

Funds will be awarded for projects that have a solid tie to agriculture and demonstrate how they will engage students in agricultural topics. 

Teachers are encouraged to dream big, but ideas include:

  • Implementing a new agricultural class pathway
  • Purchasing agriculture equipment for hands-on learning

Written and video submissions will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2022. First place will be awarded $20,000, second place will receive $15,000, and third place will receive $10,000. An additional 12 finalists will be selected to receive $2,500 each. 

The top three teacher finalists will travel all expenses paid to the CHS Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis from Dec. 1-2, 2022, to present their idea to a live audience. First, second, and third place winners will be decided during live voting by the annual meeting’s attendees.

This initiative is open to any K-12 educators in a CHS trade territory: Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, Applications must be submitted by a teacher, and applicants must have school administrator approval for the project.

“Over the span of 75 years, the CHS Foundation has contributed nearly $84 million to help build a strong agriculture talent pipeline for the future,” says Lilja. “The last 75 years of giving would be nothing without strong educators and students involved in agriculture, and together the next 75 years will be just as bright.”

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is focused on developing a new generation of agriculture leaders for life-long success. 

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