THS ag department receives $5000 grant
The Tuscola Agriculture Department recently received a $5000 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund to install an aquaculture lab at the school.
The Tobacco Trust Fund manages and disperses funding that was generated by tobacco companies and enabled the government to relinquish its role in the tobacco farming industry. The trust fund provides monies for projects that benefit current and former tobacco farmers and the communities in which they live. For the past two years, the fund has provided monies to improve agricultural education programs across the state.
Tuscola was one of the early schools to incorporate aquaculture into its program in the early 1990s. The original system was simple but functional and enabled many students to participate in the production of fish in recirculating systems. The process involves meeting exacting requirements for water quality as well as nutrition and waste management. The early system was closed down in 2003 due to normal wear and tear and obsolescence. Grant funding will enable the agriculture department to install a new, more state of the art system that will provide educational opportunities for students for years to come.
Gerald Barlowe, of N.C. State University and leader of agricultural education in N.C., presented the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund grant check to some of the members of Tuscola FFA. Also present was Joe Henderson, an officer in the Tuscola FFA alumni chapter, and John Best, Tuscola agricultural teacher.