The Kentucky FFA Foundation has awarded an Ag Achiever grant to the agriculture program at Owsley County High School to help expand their small animal production lab area.
The agriculture program currently operates a small farm adjoining the school’s campus, and integrates crop and forage production on the farm into the curriculum. To add more animal science learning opportunities, agriculture teacher Alan Taylor plans to create a fenced enclosure with a shelter and introduce a small herd of goats, along with a storage area for hay and grain.
Funds from the Ag Achiever grant will go toward purchasing materials for the shelter and storage buildings as well as fencing.
“This project will provide a real-life resource for all students in the animal science career path and all exploratory and introductory student,” said Taylor in his grant application. “Additionally the project will allow students who experience difficulty in planning and establishing Supervised Ag Experiences the opportunity to conduct an effective SAE that is directly tied to the instruction that they receive at school.”
Funding for Ag Achiever grants comes from Universal Leaf, as well as from the Kentucky Farm License Plate, or “Ag Tag,” donation program.
“Universal Leaf is committed to making a positive impact in the areas where our employees and growers live,” said Lindsay Efird, Universal Leaf representative. “Ag education is amplified when you can couple the classroom materials with hands-on experiences.”
“Effective agriculture programs are locally driven by the interests of students and the needs of the community,” said Sheldon McKinney, executive director of the Kentucky FFA Foundation. “These grants are funding some great, really balanced projects.”
The Kentucky FFA Foundation cultivates partnerships which support the FFA vision to grow leaders, build communities, and strengthen agriculture. Kentucky FFA Foundation initiatives impact more than 14,500 FFA members in 154 FFA chapters across Kentucky.
Photo Courtesy of Tonya Oliver of Down Abby Road.