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PC FFA receives grant

MCFB President, Mark Hines, (right) presented the check to PC FFA members June 1.

The Prairie Central FFA chapter has been awarded an FFA Capital Grant from the McLean County Farm Bureau.

PC will use the $4,800 grant to purchase 12 science lab tables as part of a classroom remodel.

“The new lab tables in our ag department will allow Prairie Central agricultural education students to conduct labs in class and expand our agriscience opportunities,” said Becky Freed, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Prairie Central.

McLean County Farm Bureau established the FFA Capital Grant program in 2021 which is available to all high school agriculture programs that serve McLean County students. More information can be found at

“We are so very thankful to the McLean County Farm Bureau for providing this grant opportunity,” added Freed.

“We are happy to help our local high school agricultural education programs upgrade their facilities and build capacity for future students,” explained Mark Hines, McLean County Farm Bureau president. “With the McLean County Farm Bureau FFA Capital Grant program, our goal is to support the development of future agriculture leaders by maintaining strong local high school agriculture programs.”

The Olympia FFA Chapter, based in rural Stanford, received a $10,200 grant as part of a large project to upgrade the school’s greenhouse with new plastic coverings, growing benches, additional concrete and to update the environmental control system.

McLean County Farm Bureau is a voluntary, member organization representing local farmers and farmland owners. Since the beginning in 1914, MCFB has been dedicated to advocating for agriculture. Find out more at FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. Learn more at

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