Each year a few Colorado Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are selected to receive grant funds to help them get their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) started.

Each year a few Colorado Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are selected to receive grant funds to help them get their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) started. The Colorado FFA Breeding Animal SAE Grant is designed to assist first and second year members in developing a breeding animal SAE. Members who are awarded a grant may use the funds to purchase an animal that is bred or of breeding age. Grant funds are awarded in various amounts depending on the species of animal, noted in the application.

This year, McClave FFA freshman member Mavric Leighty was one of the recipients of these highly coveted awards. Mavric has chosen to purchase a bred heifer with his funds, doubling the size of his growing herd. As part of the grant, Mavric will be required to write bi-monthly letters to his sponsor and complete a bi-monthly blog post for the next year.

 A second grant, the $1,500 Colorado FFA Foundation Heifer Wrangle Grant, comes with an 18-month commitment that requires the member to purchase a yearling heifer and take her through the breeding process, while preparing to show her at both the county and state fairs, and hopefully culminates the following spring with the live birth of the heifer's first calf. Mylee Pyatt is the proud recipient of one of this year's FFA Heifer Wrangle Grants. To fulfill the requirements of the grant, Mylee will write monthly update letters to her sponsor, maintain a scrapbook documenting her journey, and take part in an interview with FFA advisers detailing her experience.

Both recipients are committed to the success of their SAE projects and excited to see where their journey takes them. Congratulations and good luck Mavric and Mylee!