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Wolf approves $500K in agriculture grants

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of $500,000 in ag and youth grants to fund 55 projects that will improve access to agriculture education in the commonwealth.

The approved projects include direct grant projects of $7,500 for the Williamsburg Community Junior Senior High School to purchase equipment and $7,500 for Penn State University for a robotics program.

Matching grant projects include $8,000 for the Bedford County Technical Center for an ag science structure and $25,000 for Penn State for high tunnels for a student farm.

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

In July, Wolf signed Act 40 to re-enact 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, nonmatching 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.

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