IALF receives $10,000 Monsanto Fund grant for FarmChat™

Des Moines, Iowa – August 25, 2016 – Employees from the Monsanto-Ankeny recommended the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation to receive a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2016 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to support the expansion of the organization’s FarmChat™, program.

“FarmChat™ utilizes technology to bring the farm into the classroom,” said Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation executive director Will Fett. “Students can speak directly with the farmer and even ride along in the combine all from the safety and security of their classroom. This grant will allow us to conduct more virtual field trips.”

Most Americans are three to four generations removed from the farm. Virtual field trips and other agriculture literacy efforts help showcase food production. Agriculture is the Iowa’s largest economy and educating students about it can lead to future careers.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of our company and seeing innovative projects like this are very exciting,” said Kim Schaaf, Site Lead at Monsanto-Ankeny. “We’re happy to support the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation with this Monsanto Fund grant.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

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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.


Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation


Will Fett, Executive Director
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

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