SVCC receives grant from Agriculture and Rural Initiative

Pictured (left to right): Chris Pilling, Dr. Michael Selover, Kevin Larsen, Jessica Schneider, Dave Abele, Cory Folk, Jonathan Koch, and Josh West.

DIXON - Sauk Valley Community College received a $25,000 grant from the Agriculture and Rural Initiative, which is Compeer Financial’s donor fund.

Sauk Valley Community College is one of six community colleges in Illinois that is a grant recipient. The fund is gifting $825,000 to community and technical colleges across the cooperative’s 144-county territory in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Compeer Financial announced last year that it had committed $1.9 million in scholarships and grants over the next five years with the goal of developing the agricultural workforce.

Sauk Valley Community College plans on using the grant money to buy a 2019 John Deere tractor from Prairie State Tractor in Dixon.

Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative supporting and serving rural communities and agriculture. The Agriculture and Rural Initiative was created by the company’s board in 2019.