FARM BUREAU AWARDS MINI-GRANTS TO INCREASE AG LITERACY
Feb. 23, 2017
Source: American Farm Bureau Foundation news release
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 12 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation's White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.
The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.
Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today's food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.
"Through the mini-grant program, we're able to help younger generations learn about agriculture and the role it plays in our everyday lives," said Julia Recko, education outreach director of the Foundation. Farm Bureau members share free educational resources with educators in their communities through the program.
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.
2017 Mini-Grants Awarded to State and County Farm Bureaus
Benton County Farm Bureau, Indiana
Through a field trip to the pig farm at Fair Oaks, students explore farrowing and gestation barns, visit the pork education center and learn about crop production, marketing and biotechnology.
Brazoria-Galveston County Farm Bureau, Texas
Mentor-mentee program between high school juniors and seniors and 4th-grade students. Videos, books and other materials will help future high school students maximize the value they and their mentees receive from the program.
Butts County Farm Bureau, Georgia
A legacy of sustainability continues through the expansion of an operational and very popular greenhouse managed by middle- and high-school students.
Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Georgia
The Garden Club at Hasty Elementary School invited 123 5th-grade students to participate and make use of two customized raised beds on wheels. Students will get hands-on experience in growing their own vegetables in a small space.
DuPage County Farm Bureau, Illinois
An embryology program seeks to connect urban preschoolers with agricultural knowledge through the study of the life cycle of a chicken by providing an incubator, heat lamps with bulbs, bins for chickens to live in and binders with hatching information and related activities.
Edwards County Farm Bureau, Illinois
Ag in the Classroom "Kids Corner" at the county fair. Everything from a milking a cow and shearing sheep to a gardening station and a tractor to ride will get kids excited about agriculture.
Jasper County Farm Bureau, Illinois
An ethanol investigation lab highlights experiment results and the tradeoffs of biofuels and fossil-fuels as energy sources. Seventh- and eighth-grade students participate and will be sent home with information promoting corn ethanol, expanding the impact of the program.
McDuffie County Farm Bureau, Georgia
McDuffie County Farm Bureau will be partnering with McDuffie County schools to increase agricultural literacy among pre-K through 12th-grade students by building and stocking an agricultural library in each of the seven schools in the district.
New Hampshire Farm Bureau, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Ag in the Classroom will introduce ag education through maple sugar production. Posters to accompany a video will be created for classroom use and at maple sugar houses which host field trips.
Pickens County Farm Bureau, South Carolina
A raised bed garden program will introduce four new elementary schools to gardening/farming/agricultural lessons. Guest speakers as well as hands-on gardening activities and lessons will encourage children to get excited about agriculture.
Rawlins County Farm Bureau, Kansas
Purchase of churns for classroom study of butter making as a basis for explaining complex concepts including bacteria in foods and the chemistry of an emulsion. 4-H youth from Rawlins County and children in the Kids A Cookin' Afterschool program also have the opportunity to learn from the churn.
Scott County Farm Bureau, Kansas
Connecting the outdoors and children's literature with community agriculture via a bi-annual agriculture-themed story-walk. After walking the trail and taking a photo with one of the storyboards, children may stop by the local county library to pick up a free copy of the book they read along the trail.