The following are the 2012 recipients of the AgStar Fund for Rural America Grant Program.  To learn more about the program, click here.

Name Of Organization



Albert Lea Freeborn County Chamber
3rd grade farm tours. $1,200
Area Career Education Agricultural opportunities program for area sophomores. $3,000
Benjamin's House Emergency Shelter Daily operations and program costs. $2,500
Blue Earth Area Mentors Program costs. $1,000
Central MN Foster Grandparent Program Volunteer mentors. $1,000
Elder Services Network Groceries-To-Go and Loan Closet programs. $1,000
Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc  Education initiative. $10,000
Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys ConnectZ program. $2,500
Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association Log A Load for Kids.     $5,000
Lanesboro Local General operating support. $2,500
Memorial Blood Centers High school education workshops and scholarship program. $5,000
Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation Cooperative education project. $2,500
Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Tractor and Combine ag cab labs. $10,000
Minnesota Food Association Big River Farms program. $10,000
Minnesota Historical Society A Second Look outreach program.  $2,500
Minnesota State Mankato Dental Hygiene Clinic Scholarships for rural members of the Dental Hygiene Clinic. $5,000
Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Agricultural Community Engagement (ACE) twilight meetings. $2,500
Red Rock Central School CPR training for Red Rock Central students. $2,200
South Central College, N. Mankato Foundation 10 Juno SB (GPS) handheld devices.  $7,490
The Salvation Army Polk County Happy Kid's backpack program. $2,500
Twin Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America AED Defibrillators. $3,735
VINE Faith in Action Chores on Wheels program. $1,000
Watonwan County Farm Bureau Safety trailer. $3,500
West Wind Community Co-op Online ordering system and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) acceptance technology. $5,000
Wilmont Booster Club Transportation for rural students to swimming lessons. $400