Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Organization are supporting Missouri’s next generation of agricultural leaders through the third annual Grants for Growing program.

According to a press release from Tractor Supply Company, this year, Missouri Tractor Supply stores raised $9,000 through customer donations to fund local, youth-led agriculture projects made possible by the initiative.

Between January 10 and February 14, FFA received nearly 600 applications from FFA chapters across the country detailing how they would start or expand a unique and sustainable project. This year, Tractor Supply awarded grants to more than 270 FFA chapters nationwide. Coinciding with National FFA Week, Tractor Supply hosted a 10-day in-store fundraising event nationwide, which offered shoppers the opportunity to donate at checkout in support of the program. The fundraiser collectively raised a record-breaking $830,000 for National FFA Foundation. Many FFA chapters participated in additional fundraising opportunities at their local Tractor Supply stores to supplement donations, including bake sales, car washes and more.

According to Tractor Supply Company media spokesperson, Grace Stewart, since the program’s start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $2.2 million for the National FFA Organization. In total, the initiative has funded 994 grants supporting projects involving more than 103,000 students.

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