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Van-Far Ag. receives greenhouse donation

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

Pioneer sales representative Chad Wallace (third from left) presents a $7,500 community betterment check to students and staff of the Van-Far Agricultural Education Department. The grant will support construction of their new greenhouse laboratory project. Front row, from left: Chad Wallace, Ethan Gooch, Ciara Craven, Sheridan Cole, and Ms. Taryn Dameron. Back row: Brian Kurz, Jody Ketsenburg, Jake Stuart, Brooke Johnson, Cody Buie, and Kyle Decker.

The Van-Far Agricultural Education Department is pleased to announce that DuPont Pioneer donated $7,500 toward the construction of their new greenhouse laboratory project.
“We are grateful to DuPont Pioneer for supporting the growth of our program and increasing student learning through our greenhouse,” said Taryn Dameron, Van-Far agriculture education instructor. “This is a project the community has wanted to complete for a number of years to enhance our agricultural education programs and it is great to see the agricultural community come together to make it a reality.”
The funds will be directed toward the construction of a new 24’ x 48’ greenhouse laboratory for use by the Van-Far agricultural education department.
This project will create the opportunity for students to apply principles learned in the agriculture science curriculum, including plant produc-tion and care, plant identification
s and classification and business management.  Students with an interest in a plant science career will learn valuable skills for their future occupation. This project will also foster the relationship between the agricultural education program, students and the community by showcasing student work and providing an opportunity for students to interact with community members through needs assessments and selling processes.
This grant originated with a request from Jody Ketsenburg, DuPont Pioneer area sales manager for eastern Missouri, and Chad Wallace, Pioneer sales representative in Vandalia, through the DuPont Pioneer Giving Program.
As the philanthropic arm of DuPont Pioneer, the DuPont Pioneer Giving Program makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees. Consideration for Community Outreach grants are given to communities where Pioneer representatives, employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.
DuPont Pioneer,, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.
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