MANKATO, MN – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $65,320 in grants for its County Fair Facility Upgrade grant program. Twenty-two county fair programs were awarded up to $3,000 grants to use toward fairground agricultural building improvements.
The mission of this program is to support rural areas and county fair organizations as upgrades or maintenance are done on fairground livestock buildings, 4-H buildings or livestock judging arenas. Every county in AgStar’s 69-county service area is eligible to apply for a grant up to $3,000 if it has not received a grant in the last two years.
“Maintenance of old county fair buildings is costly and many county fairs struggle to keep up with their upkeep,” said John Monson, Chair of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees. “AgStar is proud to offer these grants to support county fairs as they are vital to the agricultural community. Helping them succeed is a central part of our mission.”
The 22 Minnesota and Wisconsin organizations receiving grants this year include: Ashland County Fair, Central Burnett County Fair Association, Bayfield County Fair, Chisago County Agricultural Society, Watonwan County Agricultural Society, Cass County Fair, Cottonwood County 4-H, St. Croix County Livestock Committee, 4-H Poultry and Rabbit Barn, Scott County Agricultural Society, Nicollet County Fair Board, Washburn County Jr. Fair Association, Houston County Fair, Freeborn County 4-H, Mille Lacs County Agricultural Society and Fair Board, Barron County Fair, Morrison County Hoofbeats, University of Wisconsin-Extension–Pepin County 4-H, Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Sherburne County 4-H, Iron County Fair Association and Todd County Agricultural Society.
Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated over $5 million to organizations in communities that work to improve the future of rural America.
AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 550 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 15,400 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit www.AgStar.com for more information.