Agriculture Literacy is Focus of Local Grants

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – March 30, 2015– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) recently awarded 22 local projects throughout Iowa funding to help develop an understanding of agriculture with students and adults.

The Agriculture in the Classroom Local Support Grants are designed to help communities initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy through education and outreach.

Planned projects include garden curriculum, 4th grade agriculture days, FarmChat™ programs, local food education, learning about Iowa commodities, and many more. Most of the programs rely on several partner organizations cooperating to deliver the educational program.

“Our focus is to provide accurate facts and information on Iowa agriculture to the next generation and educate them on where their food comes from,” said grant recipient Brenda Adams of North Central Iowa Agriculture in the Classroom.

Poweshieck County ISU Extension was also awarded one of the grants. “It is a goal of ours to increase our efforts in the agriculture literacy movement,” said Lauren Haglund. “We plan to expose youth to various agriculture oriented careers allowing them to understand how they could become involved in the industry.”

Grants can be used to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, fieldtrips, and other projects. Organizations that have agriculture education as a part of their mission or purpose were eligible to apply.

“[We hope] to create opportunities for all youth through collaboration with community partners and to create positive learning said Caleb Carver a grant recipient from Marshall County Extension and Outreach.

Recipient organizations include:

  • Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Cherokee County Farm Bureau
  • East Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau
  • Emmet County Extension - 4-H
  • Fremont County Farm Bureau
  • Guthrie Center Tigers FFA Chapter
  • Healthy Harvest of North Iowa
  • Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club
  • Iowa State University Corn Growers Association
  • Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
  • Iowa State University Johnson County Extension and Outreach
  • Jasper County Farm Bureau
  • Lucas County Extension
  • Marshall County Extension and Outreach: 4-H and Youth Development
  • North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom
  • Pocahontas County ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Poweshiek County ISU Extension
  • Woodbury County Extension
  • Wright County Farm Bureau

For more information on grants and other IALF programs visit www.iowaagliteracy.org.

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About the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

IALF serves as a central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teach Iowa’s students about agriculture. The mission is to educate Iowans, with a focus on youth, regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture. Iowa is a leading producer of agricultural products that are essential to feed a growing world population, estimated to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. IALF believes it is important for all Iowans to understand the essential role agriculture has in their lives. IALF will support existing agriculture education efforts such as FFA, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom. IALF was created through a joint effort of agricultural stakeholders, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Silos and Smokestacks Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. For more information visit IALF online at IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.

Source:

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

Contact:

Will Fett, Executive Director
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
WFett@IowaAgLiteracy.org
515-331-4182

Publish Date:

03/03/2015