Ag & Education building gains major grant

GRANT PRESENTATION — Cargill, Inc. employees (front, l.-r.) Lauren Mrsny and Jordan Rasmussen present the first of four grant payments totaling $90,000 to Kelly Benson and Kristine Schrad, members of the building committee. Looking on are Jo Weltruski, UNL Extension; Chuck Rolf, building committee and Ag Society; Paul Groeteke, building committee; Dave Noble, building committee and Ag Society, and County Commissioner Larry Temme. Photo was taken inside the arena portion of the new building.
Boone County Agriculture and Education Center, now under construction on the fairgrounds, last week received a major financial boost from Cargill, Inc. in the form of a $90,000 grant over four years.
The initial payment of $22,500 was presented last Friday by Cargill employees Jordan Rasmussen and Lauren Mrsny to members of the Ag & Education Center building committee, Boone County Ag Society and Boone County Board of Commissioners.
Cargill provides support to nonprofit organizations that are involved in the communities where the company is established and where its employees live and serve. Key focus areas that Cargill contributes to include: nourishing the world, protecting our planet, and enriching our communities.
The Boone County Agriculture & Education Center will be a multi-use facility. The initial opening is planned in the spring of 2020.
Initial $3 million cost of the project is being financed by $1.3 million from the Boone County Inheritance Tax fund, with the balance financed through bonds. The bonds are collateralized by fund-raising efforts of the building committee.
Complete story in the Feb. 5 Albion News Print and E-editions.