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A pair of Bowman County FFA students were among 21 North Dakota students to be awarded a $1,000 grant from the North Dakota FFA Foundation to aid in their agricultural business and/or projects.

Kaylee Kinsey of Bowman County and Kaitlyn Bartholmy of Scranton were among the grant winners.

The Bakk Farm Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant is a program that has given hundreds of thousands to N.D. FFA members and students through the course of its existence.  To be eligible for the grant, a student must be an active ND FFA member and have a business or project in the field of agriculture to apply the earnings towards.  The applications are received and judged based on whether a member is beginning or expanding their agricultural project or business. This year nine recipients were awarded a beginning grant and twelve were awarded an expansion grant.

“These grants are very meaningful to a high school student in North Dakota,” says Edgeley-Kulm High School’s Agricultural Educator, Cameron Young. “The $1,000 that is awarded to a student allows them to turn what might be a hobby or passion for agriculture into a business or tangible experience.”

The 21 members who received these funds represent 14 different chapters and towns in N.D. The grants are made possible from rental income produced by land gifted to the ND FFA Foundation by Fridjov Bakk in 1980.

“After reading the applications from this year’s applicants, it’s rewarding to know our $1,000 grants are going to students who are working hard to turn their passion into a possible lifelong career,” says Thomas Winders, Sponsor and Program Coordinator of the ND FFA Foundation.  “The incredible things our youth in North Dakota are doing in the field of agriculture is absolutely impressive.” 

The applications received show a wide range of diversity, from aquaculture to equine science, and crop to beef production, illustrating the continued importance of agriculture here in North Dakota.  

North Dakota students who received a $1,000 grant include:

Trenton Erbele, Napoleon

Kaje Gudmestad, Medina

Kaylee Kinsey, Bowman County

Jacob Kramer, Max

Lara Lane, Stanley

Karlee Sailer, Beulah

Joseph Schaefer, Oakes

Halle Sorenson, Stanley

Tyler Thompson, Oakes

Kaitlyn Bartholmy, Scranton

Allee Boyer, Edgeley-Kulm

Emily Carlson, Medina

Christy Finck, Grant County

Wyatt Kersten, Max

Logan Lapica, Stanley

Benjamin Lindbo, South Prairie

Calli Mack, Medina

Chance Manhart, Golden Valley County

Ethan Schaffner, Napoleon

Kaden Schauer, Hettinger  

Caleb Woodrow, Munich.

For more information about these grants and the North Dakota FFA Foundation visit NDFFAFoundation.com.

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