Thursday, November 30, 2023

Huntley Project Schools FFA and Ag Department receives $10,000 Donation from ACH Seeds Homegrown Giving Program

by Brett McRae

Dedicated to making a difference in the local communities sugarbeet growers call home, ACH Seeds Crystal Brand Sugarbeet Seed has donated $10,000 to Huntley Project Schools FFA and Ag Department of Worden, Montana, through its Homegrown Giving program. 

Huntley Project Schools is one of six organizations across the country selected to receive $10,000 from the 2023 Homegrown Giving program. The funds will be used to support a variety of projects and efforts to enhance the quality of life across rural communities in sugarbeet-producing areas.

Huntley Project Schools agriculture education teachers, Logan Kotar (top left) and Bambi Dalke (bottom Left), along with members of the Huntley Project Schools FFA Chapter accept the Homegrown Giving donation from Steve Skaalure, ACH Seeds sales manager (far left). The Huntley Project Schools FFA and Ag Department was nominated by Bethany Hein (far right) and is one of six recipients of the 2023 Homegrown Giving award from ACH Seeds.

“We are proud to partner with Huntley Project Schools and support their efforts in the community,” says Steve Skaalure, sales manager at ACH Seeds. “They offer students the chance to change the trajectory of their career path through hands-on learning opportunities. Whether the students become ag mechanics or ag engineers, they will be supporting the future of agriculture, which is what the Homegrown Giving program is all about.”

With the donation, the organization plans to promote trade careers, such as welding, by providing tools and equipment needed for agriculture and construction courses. 

“There is an increasing need for students with workplace-ready skills in the agriculture trade industries,” says Mark Wandle, superintendent at Huntley Project Schools. “I’m grateful to ACH Seeds and their Homegrown Giving program for helping us provide the tools needed to continue promoting trade careers and help prepare students for the workforce.”

Huntley Project Schools offer welding and college welding classes to help teach students a skillset they can use after graduation. The donation allows for expansion of their welding program by purchasing additional wire-feed welders. These additions will help students stay up to date with workplace operations and ensure they are well-trained and positioned to be successful in a trade career. A portion of the donation will also be used to expand the agriculture department’s curriculum. 

ACH Seeds will continue to build its investment in rural communities by propelling the Homegrown Giving program into 2024. Six $10,000 awards will once again be promoted for eligible organizations in the communities, townships and counties customers call home. Local growers and community members alike can nominate an organization for a chance to receive one of the awards. 

For additional information on the Homegrown Giving program and to learn how you can make a difference in your hometown, visit


ACH Seeds, Montana FFA Foundation

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