Grants Available To Help Teach Agriculture

Grants Available To Help Teach Agriculture

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is providing funding to support teachers using ag in their classroom.

The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) is making mini-grants available to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.

The Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Supplement Grants, made possible through support from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, are designed to help Iowa teachers initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy in students. Teachers can apply for $200 grants that can be used to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, field trips, and other projects. Up to 170 grants will be awarded to teachers throughout Iowa.

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Schools and teachers facing budget pressure, this funding will help
"With many schools facing budget pressures, teachers are often challenged with limited resources," says IALF education program manager Cindy Hall. "We hope these grants will allow teachers to bring classroom learning to life through agriculture."

Preschool through 12th grade teachers, librarians, and afterschool program coordinators at Iowa schools are eligible to apply. Grants must relate to social studies or literacy and integrate agriculture into the learning. Future subject focus areas will include 21st century skills and science. "Agriculture in the Classroom and agriculture literacy has been an area of emphasis for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for many years," says IFBF director of community resources Barb Lykins. "We see this as a value to teachers allowing them to connect what they are doing to Iowa's number one industry."

Deadline for application is January, start drafting your proposal now
The deadline for application is January 9, 2015 and the proposed project must take place between February 1 and June 1, 2015. To apply online or for more information visit the IALF website.

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 www.IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter

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