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FS Contributes To Ag In Classroom

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By Dave Bell

South Central FS Manager, Byron Sikma, left, recently presented a check for $675 to Martha Cripe, coordinator of the Fayette County Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom program. With them are Ken Cripe, second from right, Fayette County Farm Bureau president, and Ron Marshel, right, Fayette County Farm Bureau manager. The funds come from a program sponsored for the past seven years by the FS Seed Division of GROWMARK Inc. in which the company donates a portion of the proceeds from every bag of corn and soybean seed sold. Last year, the company raised more than $59,000 statewide for the Ag in the Classoom program. "There was a time when children grew up on or around farms, and they knew that agriculture was the source of their food and fiber," Marshel said. "But times have changed. Today, most children don't know that their food comes from the farm, and they don't understand the importance of agriculture. We are working to change that." Sikma added: "The FS Seed Division is proud to support Agriculture in the Classroom programs. Farmers know that it's vital to educate school children about the importance of agriculture. Not only do farmers get top quality genetics, the purchase of FS seed helps teach young minds about the importance of agriculture in everyday life, and will also help create future allies for agriculture."