The application period is now open for the Teacher Supplement Grant program, sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, to help teachers find ways to bring the innovation of agriculture to their students. This grant program, established in 2003, awards $200 for use in classroom programs that promote agricultural literacy. The program works to help today's students learn about the diverse and dynamic nature of agriculture.
With Iowans two to three generations removed from the family farm, IFBF's program works to help today's students learn about the diverse and dynamic nature of agriculture. The 2014 subject areas for the grant applications are language arts and science.
Teachers bring can ag to classroom, nearly $100,000 awarded in last three years
"We've awarded nearly $100,000 to teachers in the last three years and we're impressed with the creative ways teachers have integrated the cultural and economic benefits of agriculture in their classrooms," says Barb Lykins, IFBF director of community resources. "Success in farming today involves an array of skills from the farmer and agronomist in the field to the scientist at the seed company, the sales person at the local implement store and the local veterinarian."
She adds, "With the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or STEM in our state, we've selected language arts and science as key areas. Keeping agriculture sustainable and innovative taps into advancements in many areas of science to ensure environmental sustainability and food safety. That opens up many possibilities for teachers to weave ag issues into the curriculum they already have by talking about food safety, improvements in seed genetics that make crops drought or pest resistant, or environmental practices that improve the land or watershed; all could fall within the focus areas of the 2014 Teacher Supplement Grant."
With one of six Iowa jobs related, indirectly or directly, to agriculture, there's a great need to bring creative ag education to Iowa's elementary schools to help today's youth understand how farming is part of their everyday lives.
With one of six Iowa jobs related, indirectly or directly, to agriculture, there's a great need to bring creative ag education to Iowa's elementary schools to help today's youth understand how farming is part of their everyday lives. To apply, visit the Iowa Farm Bureau website. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 12, 2014; grants will be awarded in March. If you have questions call Lykins at 515-225-5460.