The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded 26 grants to organizations geared toward youth.
The Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities grant program awards money annually to 4-H Clubs, FFA Chapters and Family Career and Community Leaders of America Chapters.
The purpose of the grant program is to assist agricultural youth in improving their communities by working together to accomplish project goals.
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones says the rural youth are the future of agriculture in the states. He says the grants are one way the department can support their efforts.