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Area schools receive agriculture grants


TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced eight Kansas schools as recipients of $12,500 Farm to School Pilot sub-grants to implement a local food and agriculture education program in school cafeterias. Sub-grants are derived from the grant KDA received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last fall to support efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through the Farm to School program.

In northwest Kansas, Rawlins County USD 105 in Atwood has developed a project to expand the greenhouse and the chicken house for laying hens and broilers. In addition, raised bed gardens with irrigation will be built around the community.

St. Francis USD 297 plans to integrate hydroponics into their greenhouse and build raised bed gardens.