The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
awarded 14 mini-grants up to $500 to communities across the nation. Boone County Farm Bureau was the only Nebraska County Farm Bureau to win an award. They will utilize the grant dollars for classroom materials including tools directly related to animal agriculture to assist students and members with literacy and food science.
The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. The grants are used to fund new projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts and are distributed through county and state Farm Bureaus.
Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education, how effectively the programs encouraged students to learn more about agriculture and the food and fiber industry, and the procedures and timelines expected for accomplishing project goals.
“Teaching people, especially younger generations, about agriculture and its positive effects on our daily lives is the basis of our efforts,” said Dan Durheim, executive director of the Foundation, Feb. 28. “The mini-grant program gives Farm Bureau members vital tools to distribute to educators in their communities free of charge, helping them teach young people in rural and urban America about today’s agriculture.”
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau’s 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.
2013 Mini-Grants Awarded
Adams County Farm Bureau, Ill.
Ag literacy kits with access to accurate agricultural info for students and teachers.
Boone County Farm Bureau, Neb.
Classroom materials including tools directly related to animal agriculture to assist students and members with literacy and food science.
Cook County Farm Bureau, Ill.
Four-part summer program encouraging children to read and experience agriculture in urban Cook County; includes reading, activities and field trips.
Crawford County Farm Bureau, Ga.
Books to enhance lessons and activities in the classroom, and for use in the office library by volunteers.
Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Ala.
Enhance classroom lessons with hydroponics to allow students a hands-on experience.
Johnson County Farm Bureau, Kan.
Hoop House to teach about food sources, biology, ecosystems and more during the school year.
Lawrence County Farm Bureau, Ill.
Expansion of resource library and initiation of Ag in the Classroom “Book of the Month” club.
Lee County Farm Bureau, Ill.
“Sub Tub” that provides alternative for substitute teachers, allowing them to engage classes in meaningful discussions about agriculture.
Nevada Farm Bureau, Nev.
Establish school garden to increase students’ agricultural literacy and awareness.
Sangamon & Menard County Farm Bureau, Ill.
167 copies of “Who Grew My Soup?” to distribute among public and school libraries, with summer programs based on the book at local libraries.
Stafford County Farm Bureau, Va.
Embryology projects offered by 4-H to county and private schools, local home-school families and 4-H community clubs.
Turner County Farm Bureau, Ga.
“How Did That Get in My Lunchbox” books for grades K-2 in each classroom as well as the media center.
Utah Farm Bureau, Utah
“Food Journey: Utah Beefscapes” DVD with lesson plan for every elementary school in the state.
Wilcox County Farm Bureau, Ga.
Compost tumbler to reduce waste and raised beds to grow vegetables.
The Foundation will announce a second mini-grant application process in spring 2013. Applications will be available online at www.agfoundation.org
under What We Support – Mini-Grants.