White-Reinhardt Ag Literacy Mini-Grant Winners Announced
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 3, 2013 – The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 15 mini-grants of up to $500 to communities across the country. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. The grants are used to fund new projects or expand 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 expected project goals.
“Teaching young people about the importance of agriculture and where their food comes from is central to our mission,” said Dan Durheim, executive director of the Foundation. “The mini-grant program gives Farm Bureau members the tools they need to provide educational resources to their local schools and communities. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is proud to be a part of that process.”
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.
2013 Mini-Grants Awarded
to State and County Farm Bureaus
|Sevier County Farm Bureau, Ark.||Hoop houses to operate student-run garden during the school year, which will provide fresh produce to the school cafeteria.|
|Arizona Farm Bureau||An interactive community/fair display with hands-on activities to teach consumers about agriculture.|
|Monterey County Farm Bureau, Calif.||Farm Day Experience to teach third graders about the agriculture industry.|
|Harris County Farm Bureau, Ga.||Raised beds in a school garden to accommodate handicapped students.|
|Edgar County Farm Bureau, Ill.||Barn-shaped activity center on wheels for community agriculture education.|
|McHenry County Farm Bureau, Ill.||Copies of “Who Grew My Soup” and ag mags for school learning centers to expand Ag in the Classroom program.|
|McClean County Farm Bureau, Ill.||GPS receivers to help teach fifth graders about precision agriculture as part of their Food & Farm Discovery Zone education initiative.|
|Ogle County Farm Bureau, Ill.||Embryology kits with lesson plans and activities for K-8 students.|
|Allen County Farm Bureau, Kan.||Mobile “book house” for Reading Roundup at farmers’ markets twice per month where children are read agriculture stories.|
|Kansas Farm Bureau||Agricultural Education App to provide a free, interactive way to educate about agriculture.|
|Muskegon County Farm Bureau, Mich.||Books and teaching aid materials for summer reading program at the local library.|
|Antrim County Farm Bureau, Mich.||Interactive displays to develop an educational agriculture program for grades 9-12.|
|Shiawassee County Farm Bureau, Mich.||Incubators to help teach agriculture and the chicken life cycle.|
|Desoto County Farm Bureau, Miss.||Agricultural education resource materials for an agriculture literacy resource library.|
|Meagher County Farm Bureau, Mont.||Educational resources about wheat production and use for K-6 students.|
The Foundation will announce its 2014 grant cycle in fall 2013. Applications will be available online at www.agfoundation.org under What We Support–Mini-Grants.
|Contacts:||Tracy Taylor Grondine