Young people in the Prairie Winds 4-H Program are receiving new educational kits as well as adding facility improvements thanks to donations from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative grant.


Prairie Winds 4-H program is made up of young people from Hughes, Stanley and Sully Counties in central South Dakota. The grant is allowing the purchase of learning lab kits that will allow youth involved in both 4-H and FFA the chance to learn more about livestock. The kits are portable so will travel to members in the three-county unit. In addition to the kits, large fans are being purchased that will be used to help cool livestock and participants at various shows.


“We are extremely grateful and honored to receive this grant from South Dakota Farm Bureau,” said Neil Schochenmaier, Prairie Winds 4-H Leaders’ Council. “The kits will allow us to help fill a gap in educational programming our three-counties are currently facing, as well as purchase equipment that will help keep everyone cool during Achievement Days and other summertime events.”


A brief recognition event will take place on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Schomer Barn on the Stanley County Fairgrounds. The barn is located on E Scotty Phillips Avenue.


The project is possible thanks to funding of $5,000 from South Dakota Farm Bureau, $1,000 from Hughes, Stanley and Sully Farm Bureau and other donations from the community.


This project is one of several SDFB Centennial Community Initiative projects that will be announced in the coming weeks. The SDFB Centennial Community Initiative is a grant program for community projects that serve a need in a community, make a difference, have high visibility and reflect Farm Bureau’s mission and vision. SDFB is investing $100,000 in local communities for community Improvement projects during its centennial year in 2017. To learn more about South Dakota Farm Bureau visit