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Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah Cattle Company keeps expanding with the help of local and non-local support.

The agriscience program at Maconaquah Middle School recently received a $2,500 grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture for the expansion of the program’s curricular materials.

Craig Jernagan, Principal of Maconaquah Middle School, thanked the ISDA for seeing the value in the program.

“To receive a grant from the state department of agriculture is a big deal, and it has been very encouraging to the students involved in the program,” he said.

John Sinnamon, MMS agriculture teacher and advisor of the program, also said he is thankful for the support.

“We went from an idea, to having cattle on feed in a few years,” Sinnamon said, adding he is “amazed” at the recent progress of the program.

Sinnamon said the program recently purchased its first set of Polled Hereford heifers, and the program will soon start exploring genetics.

“The students selected Herefords as the breed they want to focus on. This opens up new opportunities for the program,” Sinnamon said. “We are thankful for the Duncan family of Able Acres Polled Herefords for showing us their heifer crop and working with us in selecting cattle that will benefit our program.”

A press release from the ISDA stated they are “proud to be a sponsor of your livestock promotion and development efforts.”

“It is our commitment to continue to offer programs that enhance Indiana’s agriculture community,” the release stated. “With grantees like you, we are able to further promote Indiana’s livestock industry.”