Mohawk FFA

Members of the Mohawk FFA visit B&B Farms of Enon Valley. From left are: Brian Barth, B&B co-owner; Clifford Wallace, Mohawk FFA adviser; FFA members David Garver, Tim Murtha, Madison Cendroski, Dylan Clark and Mallorie Shiderly; Channel Seed distributor Steve Slicks; and Scott Barth, B&B co-owner. Not show is B&B co-owner Dan Barth.

The Mohawk High School FFA has received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities to purchase iPad minis for class.

The money is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmers, B&B Farms — Brian, Dan, and Scott Barth — of Lawrence County. The agriculture and technical education departments have required more access to technology, FFA adviser Clifford Wallace explained.

The group plans to use the iPad minis to take online certification classes, find engine specifications and repair procedures, and use modern electrical technology related to agriculture equipment. The iPads will be used to photograph and identify campus plants and trees; to research projects and speeches; to plan landscapes; and to use satellite information to examine crops and develop budgets.

With the amount of electronic technology used in agriculture today, it is more challenging to keep pace. This grant should help Mohawk students keep in the forefront of technology and agriculture education, Wallace said.

“We chose the Mohawk FFA because it has a great history of giving young people the skills, attitudes and confidence to be strong leaders wherever their life takes them,” Brian Barth said.

Because of the Barth family’s affiliation, more than 130 students in the agriculture department will have access to better technology this year from the donation.

For six years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate more than $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America. Winning farmers will direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase lifesaving fire and EMS equipment, support agriculture youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources and much more.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support local nonprofit causes that positively impact farming communities across rural America. Grow Communities is one program in the America’s Farmers community outreach effort, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants. Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to learn more.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Co., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Co. employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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