[HASTINGS, NE October 2, 2023] — Cooperative Producers, Inc. (CPI) has donated $10,000 to the Nebraska FFA Foundation to directly support local agriculture education classrooms and FFA needs. Blue Hill and Superior were selected to receive grants.
Blue Hill FFA’s AOK Freeze Drying received grant funding to expand their freeze-drying business. Their school-based enterprise first began with candy, and now has branched out to vegetables and fruits. The funds will help them purchase another machine to freeze dry their products.
Superior FFA’s greenhouse was built in 2000 and is in need of some updates to stay usable for the next 20 years. CPI’s grant funding will help them update the heating, cooling and vent system in the greenhouse.
“FFA is preparing Nebraska’s students for careers that will support agriculture in our local communities. CPI knows that by investing in our local FFA programs, we are investing in the future of the ag industry,” said Gary Brandt, CPI CEO.