Washington--The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, along with the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee, has awarded 28 mini-grants of $500 to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.
Criteria for selecting the 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.
“It is inspiring to see so many impressive and innovative agricultural literacy programs in use or being developed all over the nation. These projects help educate students about our nation’s food, fiber and renewable fuel production, in addition to encouraging inquiries about agricultural careers,” said Curtis Miller, director of education at the Foundation.
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the AFB Foundation for Agriculture in cooperation with the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.
2011 Mini-Grants Awarded
to State and County Farm Bureaus:
Ada County, Idaho
Traveling Man Who Fed the World classroom set and curriculum.
Alaska Ag in the Classroom
Portable white board system to write and review high-tech lessons on ag literacy.
Arizona Farm Bureau
Creation of a “petting zoo” with animal-sized cutouts and facts.
Brown County AITC, Wis.
Red Barn Learning Center kits for elementary grade students.
Calhoun County Farm Bureau, Ill.
Spring planting/fall harvesting program to show the growth cycle of corn and soybeans.
Calhoun County Farm Bureau, Mich.
Accurate Ag resource kits.
Gratiot County Farm Bureau, Mich.
Grow a pizza project—students grow their own plants.
Hiawathaland County Farm Bureau, Mich.
Incubators for hatching demonstrations and a lending library.
Huron County, Mich.
Placement of Ag Quest packets in schools.
Indiana Farm Bureau
Traveling flip cameras for filming farming operations, ag days and school demonstrations to share with students.
Isabella County Farm Bureau, Mich.
Portable greenhouses and gardening books.
Jackson County Farm Bureau, Wis.
Ag activity kits on apples, bees, cranberries, corn, soybeans, dairy, sunflowers, forestry and nutrition.
Kendall County Farm Bureau, Ill.
Professional display board on careers in agriculture, technology and food science.
Lincoln County Farm Bureau, W.Va.
Lincoln Learning Garden to increase student knowledge of where food comes from.
Manitowoc County Farm Bureau, Wis.
Traveling ag presentation and materials kit.
Marion County Farm Bureau, Fla.
Ag-Ventures event education stations and “make-and-takes.”
McHenry County Farm Bureau, Ill.
Seasons of Change displays with facts on food, fiber and fuel.
Michigan Farm Bureau
Captain Food Fabulous series: Exploring the Wonders of Michigan’s Natural Resources.
Missaukee County Farm Bureau, Mich.
Traveling book barn library.
Monroe County Farm Bureau, Ill.
Accurate Ag book library and Ag Mag prizes for schools at National Ag Week events.
North Dakota Farm Bureau
Ag Day at 30 local libraries with book reading and hands-on activities.
Rock Island Farm Bureau, Ill.
Horticulture outreach program.
Russell County Farm Bureau, Va.
Hands-on What’s Growing in Virginia? activities and From Cow to Carton program.
Shelby County Farm Bureau, Ohio
Watching the Seeds Grow school garden project.
Virginia Foundation for Ag in the Classroom
Donation of Ready, Set, Grow! books to 200 Classrooms.
Wexford County Farm Bureau, Mich.
Traveling book barn library.
Windham County Farm Bureau, Conn.
Planting a pizza garden project.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau
The Agriculture—Bringing Music to our Lives project takes ag-related songs and incorporates them into lessons.