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Osage FFA awarded grant for greenhouse

Osage FFA awarded grant for greenhouse

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While the wind chill might be 36 degrees outside, it is 90 degrees in the Osage Community High School greenhouse. A banana plant stands in one corner, its wide leaves gathering the March sun.

Greenhouse banana plant

A banana plant in the Osage Community High School greenhouse.

According to a release from the school, the structure completed earlier this year has achieved some renown in its short life.

Ethan Morford is a sales manager for Jacobsen Seed. Recently, Jacobsen Seed began offering a grant for FFA chapters throughout the Midwest.

They requested a video from the Osage FFA chapter and a description of how the school could use the funds.

In the short film, one of the students, Raegan Hungate, says, “The greenhouse will allow ag classes to learn about propagation, grafting, greenhouse management and much more.” Several other Osage FFA members appear in the film.

Raegan Hungate in video

Raegan Hungate speaks in an FFA video for the $500 greenhouse grant.

The video is located on Jacobsen Seed’s Facebook page.

“I think we picked out three or four this year across the whole Midwest,” Morford said. “It’s a pretty big thing. It will really help the kids.

“I grew up in FFA, and I used a greenhouse in school. That led me down the path to where I am today.”

According to its website, the Jacobsen Seed “Rooted in Community Grant” was created to support those who are working to advance agricultural education in their area.

Organizations such as FFA chapters, County 4-H pro-grams or County Fair Boards can apply for a grant to support learning and growth in Agronomy, Biotechnology, Crop Management or Crop Physiology. Four annual grants in the amount of $500 each are available.

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