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W-burg Junior/Senior High Wins $7,500 Grant to Promote Youth in Ag

Series: Williamsburg | Story 15

January 9, 2020

The Williamsburg Community Junior/Senior High School was awarded a state grant to purchase $7,500 in equipment in the state’s Ag and Youth Grants program.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Jan. 7 announced the approval of a total of $500,000 grants to fund 55 projects across the state that are intended to improve access to agriculture education in the commonwealth.

The goal is to address what the state predicts to be a looming 75,000 “workforce deficit” in Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry in the coming decade.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and agribusiness owners,” Gov. Wolf said. “This $500,000 is the seed to tomorrow’s bountiful future for Pennsylvania agriculture.”

In July 2019, Gov. Wolf signed Act 40 to reenact Pennsylvania’s Ag and Youth Grant Program as part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill. The program, funded at $500,000, provides youth organizations direct, non-matching grants of up to $7,500 to defray costs of eligible projects and matching reimbursement grants of up to $25,000 for capital projects or equipment purchases.

Eligible projects included those that are for education or workforce development seminars or field trips; agricultural safety training programs; and capital projects or equipment.

“All youth should have access to the same opportunities for growth and career development,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “These programs are urban, rural, or suburban, and they all further our mission to grow the industry’s future leaders. It’s experiences in these programs that we hope will influence PA youth for a lifetime.”

The $500,000 in ag and youth grants approved for funding will benefit 55 projects in 25 counties.


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