Two $1,000 grants have been awarded to Miami East-MVCTC FFA members Michael Bair and Maci Krites by the National FFA Organization. The SAE Grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must complete.
Both Bair and Krites are members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and were selected as recipients of only 149 grants out of almost 2,600 applicants nationwide.
An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture-related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion of the grant fiscal year, grant recipients must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.
Michael Bair is the son of David and Annette Bair. He received a $1,000 grant from the CCOF Certified Organic Foundation. Bair will use the grant monies to develop his own pasture raised chickens. He will purchase a meat cooler to store harvested chickens until customers are able to purchase the product. He also plans to build his own portable pasture chicken pens that will be used to rotate around his family’s organic farm.
Maci Krites is the daughter of Eric and Jenell Krites and Suzie and Brian Weber. She received a $1,000 grant from Rabo Finance. Krites owns and operates Maci’s Weld Art a business she created to design and weld basic metal materials into decorative designs. She plans to use the grant funds to purchase a metal cutting saw and a forge to heat and bend metal so that she can expand her design options to meet customer requests.