Williams, Sappey announce $14.4K in Ag and Youth grants for Chester County
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, and state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today two Ag and Youth grants totaling $14,400 for parts of Chester County.
That includes $7,500 for the Chester County chapter of the Pennsylvania Future Farmers of America (FFA), plus $6,900 for the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
The grants, announced statewide by Gov. Tom Wolf, fund projects that will improve access to agriculture education in Pennsylvania with the goal of addressing the looming 75,000 workforce deficit the state’s agriculture industry faces in the coming decades.
“No matter where we live or where we work, agriculture impacts every one of us,” Williams said. “Therefore, I strongly approve of any and all efforts to provide access to agricultural opportunities for our youth, which will only serve to provide growth in the industry and potential pathways to exciting careers.”
“Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s No. 1 industry, and as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I was proud to vote for the PA Farm Bill last year,” Sappey said. “I’m grateful that these grants, which were part of the farm bill, have been awarded here in Chester County and will encourage students to explore opportunities and pique their interest in agriculture. I’m pleased to see the state prioritizing this industry within schools across the commonwealth. I have supported and will continue to support and advocate for legislation that benefits and fairly funds Pennsylvania’s farmers.”
The Chester County FFA funding will be used to restore a Farmall tractor and build a log splitter using welding, mechanics and other skills.
At Chester County Intermediate Unit, the funding will be used for students to participate in the Animal and Veterinary Science program via field trips and career development activities.