Juniata County farmer donates science grant

Graybill gives $2,500 to PFA science lab program

CAMP HILL — Juniata County dairy farmer Dave Graybill has donated a $2,500 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Communities to the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation’s Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab program.

Graybill, who is a member of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s state board of directors, says the donation will cover the booking fee for a Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab to provide one week of educational sessions at Mountain View Elementary School in Mifflintown, Juniata County. The lab will be at Mountain View Elementary during the week of Sept. 10, 2018.

“The ag lab offers a fantastic learning experience for students, who are presented information about farming, the environment and nutrition in a fun, hands-on atmosphere,” said Graybill. “I’m pleased to direct the grant money to a program that enlightens our children about how farmers grow our food and how agriculture positively affects our daily lives.”

As a recipient of the grant, Graybill had a wide variety of options to donate the $2,500 to any nonprofit organization that would benefit people in his local community.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, has donated more than $29 million since 2010, with money distributed to programs that help feed the hungry, purchase lifesaving equipment, support agriculture youth programs, buy classroom resources and more. Any eligible nonprofit that is 501(c)(3) or 170(c) organization can be considered for funding.