AUDIO: Money Matters (radio program)
An energy company who built a controversial oil pipeline gives $90,000 each to Iowa 4-H and FFA Foundations. Dakota Access presented both organizations with a check Thursday afternoon.
Iowa FFA President Zach Hamilton is grateful.
“To know we have companies like this who are willing to show their support for agriculture education and FFA along with 4-H as well… is truly amazing,” Hamilton says.
Josh Remington is Executive Director of the Iowa FFA Foundation.
“Every member in the state benefits. It will support our state FFA leadership conference. We are also providing 47 chapter grants more than $1,500 a piece to 47 different communities in 18 counties across the state,” Remington says.
Each of the 18 counties the pipeline crosses, in both groups, receives $5,000. Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director Emily Saveraid.
“We really want the counties to focus on leadership and civic engagement activities (along with) opportunities for young people. (This could be) sending 4-Her’s to the state conference or national citizenship Washington focus, we want 4-Her’s to explore leadership options,” Saveraid says.
Lisa Dillinger with Dakota Access says they’ve given more money to other groups.
“This is an addition to donations to the emergency response departments in each of the 50 counties across the four-state route. Each one received $20,000,” Dillinger says.
Dakota Access made similar donations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois totaling more than $400,000. The pipeline has been flowing since June 1st.