Hettinger Ag Department Receives Ag Grant to Hatch Chickens in Class

Ag Department receives grant. (Submitted Photo)

Recently, Sam Munoz and Rachel Holzkamm received a $500 Ag Grant from North Dakota FFA Foundation to create their SAE project in our Ag Department/FFA Organization. An SAE project is a Supervised Agricultural Experiment that allows young students to better understand an agricultural subject which individuals would like to learn about. Our FFA supervisor, Mrs. Schauer, came to us with an idea early in November for both of our SAE projects; to hatch our own baby chickens. Right away, we both liked the idea and jumped right into action.  To further our excitement, we had received a grant which now could make this idea into a reality.

With this $500.00 grant, our partnership will purchase everything we need to make our chicks not only survive, but thrive once hatched. By buying an incubator, these chicks will be ready to hatch in only 21 days. With this being an experiment, we will do this more than once, hoping to have slightly different success rates each time, ultimately hoping to have baby chicks during National FFA week, for all the elementary and probably much of the High School to witness.  We are very about this project, and are very grateful for the grant given to us so that we could execute an exciting SAE project this year.