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Grant supports new ag, FFA program

WAHOO (SNR/BHS) – DuPont Pioneer recently donated $5,000 toward the new Agricultural Education and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Program that was launched at Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo this fall, as part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship program.

“During the creation of our strategic plan, it became obvious that Bishop Neumann students would benefit from an Agricultural Education program and FFA,” said Father Michael Morin, chief administrative officer of Bishop Neumann. “We started the process to hire an instructor to lead the program, and then submitted a grant application to help with start-up costs.

“We are so pleased that Dupont Pioneer is supporting the education of today’s youth and tomorrow’s agricultural leaders,” he said.

Neumann graduates Kelly (Fujan) and Jeff Meduna, who own a Pioneer seed business, helped start the grant process and provided the recommendation that Bishop Neumann needed to apply for the grant.

Katie Arp, the agricultural education instructor and FFA sponsor, will use the grant money for text books, equipment, FFA competitions and student enrichment activities.

Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and their employees. Consideration for outreach grants is given to communities where Pioneer sales representatives, DuPont Pioneer employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.

Bishop Neumann Catholic Junior High School serves students from parishes in the Wahoo Deanery, including St. Mary in Cedar Bluffs, St. Joseph in Colon, St. Mary in Davey, St. James in Mead, Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Plasi, St. John in Prague, St. Vitus in Touhy, Ss. Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo and St. John Nepomucene in Weston.

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