National grants will assist 74 Future Farmers of America chapters tackle local environmental issues, according to the National FFA Organization’s Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program.
Located in 27 states and Puerto Rico, the chapters will each receive $2,000 to begin a yearlong environmental project during the 2012-2013 school year. The funding is provided as a special project of the National FFA Foundation by CSX Corp., a transportation company based in Jacksonville, Florida, that provides freight transport using railroad, trucks and other methods.
The FFA projects will see members, community members and local leaders invest their time in a service-learning environmental project. For example, the Wilson (Kansas) FFA Chapter plans to increase by 50 percent the output of the local recycling center, using education and the placement of new bins around community schools. FFA members will collect materials.