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Local Communities Benefit from Ag Literacy Mini-Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2012 – The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 28 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.

The grants are used to fund new projects or extend existing agricultural literacy efforts, and are distributed through county and state Farm Bureaus.

Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how effectively the programs encouraged students to learn more about agriculture and the food and fiber industry; and the procedures and timelines expected for accomplishing project goals.

“Building awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education remains a cornerstone of our efforts,” said Dan Durheim, executive director of the Foundation. “Through the mini-grant program, Farm Bureaus members provide resources to educators in their local communities at no cost to help them teach students about the many facets of today’s agriculture,” he said.

The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the AFB Foundation for Agriculture in cooperation with the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.

2012 Mini-Grants Awarded
to State and County Farm Bureaus

Alaska Ag in the Classroom Bookmarks to promote Alaska AITC’s new children’s book on agriculture in the state.
Bacon County, Georgia 30 new books with accelerated reader quizzes.
Bedford County, Virginia Lumber for garden plots, and soil and pea gravel to expand school gardens.
Benton County, Iowa Incubator and equipment to teach about the life cycle of poultry and birds, and their importance to the food chain and environment
Benton County, Indiana Book Barn to highlight books featuring products/animals grown in Indiana.
Calhoun County, Michigan Agriculture Now and Then book study club for third-graders.
Carroll County, Virginia Donation of books for use during Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week.
Cherokee County, Georgia Expansion of school gardens.
Copper Country, Michigan Educational materials for area schools.
Evans County, Georgia Two greenhouses for Claxton Elementary School.
Gallatin County, Montana “Farm Fair” provides opportunities for students and teachers to participate in ag-related activities.
Hiawathaland County, Michigan Root-Vue Farm kits for second-grade classrooms.
Hughes County, South Dakota Books on agriculture targeted to specific student instructional levels.
Jackson County, Michigan Ag-related kits for third-grade teachers including lessons, supplemental materials and hands-on learning tools.
Livingston County, Michigan Microphone headsets for presenters at Agriculture Awareness Day.
Lyon County, Iowa Marketing video for the Ag-Citing Program.
Marshall-Putnam County, Illinois Mobile farm exhibit, resource libraries, books and DVDs to facilitate teaching about agriculture in elementary schools.
Massac County, Illinois Agri-Board game with questions related to all aspects of agriculture.
Missaukee County, Michigan Life-size, three-dimensional cow for use in libraries and classrooms.
New Mexico Ag in the Classroom Books, game and CD for distribution to local schools on New Mexico Agriculture Day.
Norton County, Kansas “Field to Fork” hands-on experiences for early childhood development classes.
O’Brien County, Iowa Marketing video for the Ag-Citing Program.
Ottawa County, Kansas Soybean seeds, pots, fertilizer and educational DVDs.
Piatt County, Illinois Book Barn filled with ag-related books, games, props and farm machinery.
Ripley County, Indiana Ag resource kit that focuses on forestry and tree identification, for use at middle and high schools.
Sioux County, Iowa Marketing video for the Ag-Citing Program.
Smyth County, Virginia Virginia product map puzzles and children’s books.
Windham County, Connecticut Aeroflo hydroponic system, lighting and children’s books to help teach hydroponics in the classroom.

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