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.
Teachers, librarians and after-school programs should apply
One of last year's grant recipients, Lisa Johnson of Grant Wood Elementary in Cedar Rapids said, "Students learned so much about being scientists. Their writing improved greatly throughout the year because they were so invested in the process." She said, "Hopefully their interest in the life cycle of plants will continue to grow and be nurtured."
Preschool through 12th grade teachers, librarians, and after-school program coordinators at Iowa schools are eligible to apply. Grants must relate to 21st century skills or language arts and integrate agriculture into the learning.
"The Agriculture in the Classroom program and agriculture literacy has been an area of emphasis for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for many years," said 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 No. 1 industry."
Deadline to apply is January 10, 2016; you can apply now
The deadline for application is January 10, 2016 and the proposed project must take place between January 15 and June 1, 2016. To apply online or for more information, visit iowaagliteracy.org.
What is 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, the Iowa Beef Industry Council, CHS Foundation, the Iowa Energy Center, and Farm Credit Services of America. For more information visit IALF online at IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.