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Tractor Supply Co. reports:

Brentwood, TN - Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, has achieved a record-breaking year during its seventh annual Grants for Growing fundraiser. The fundraiser, kicked off during National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week, successfully raised $1,129,653. The funds will be used to support student-led agricultural projects run by FFA chapters across the country.

Tractor Supply's Grants for Growing program, held Feb. 17-28, is an annual fundraiser and competitive grant program for FFA chapters that are developing and improving projects based on experiential learning opportunities. The fundraiser invites Tractor Supply customers and Team Members to purchase FFA Paper Emblems at Tractor Supply stores during checkout. The dollars raised from those purchases will directly fund grants up to $5,000 that will be used to support agricultural education and development.

"Tractor Supply has been a proud partner of FFA since 1985," said Christi Korzekwa, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Tractor Supply. "FFA has made a lasting impact on many of our customers and Team Members, and Grants for Growing provides them with an opportunity to give back, ensuring the next generation has the same opportunities for these valuable experiences. We are proud to see how our relationship with FFA has grown and are excited that we have surpassed another record."

FFA Advisors can apply for a grant by visiting and submitting a detailed proposal for any project that supports the development of future agricultural leaders and the larger community. The application period opens March 1 and closes May 14, with award notification occurring on August 1. Previously funded projects have included beekeeping stations, school gardens, greenhouses and more. Each venture strives to impact the local community, positively and sustainably.

Tractor Supply's Grants for Growing program has contributed almost $6 million to the National FFA Organization since its inception in 2016, impacting more than 160,000 students across the country. In 2021, Grants for Growing raised $790,269 and awarded 1,573 grants across 151 chapters nationwide.

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