2017 Fall White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants Awarded to County and State Farm Bureaus

Newsroom / July 10, 2017

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 10 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation through the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.

The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.

Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.

“We’re pleased to help bring agriculture literacy ideas to life across the nation through the mini-grant program,” said Julia Recko, education outreach director for the Foundation.

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.

2017 Mini-Grants Awarded to State and County Farm Bureaus

Allen County Farm Bureau, Kansas
Abby the “fact-filled beef cow” is going on tour! A free-standing beef cow with removable “cuts” which provide nutrition and byproduct information will be constructed. Abby will join other animals that tour schools, farmers’ markets and the public library.

Benzie-Manistee County Farm Bureau, Michigan
The county’s agriculture library is on wheels, providing a more feasible way to assist teachers and volunteers in teaching agriculture literacy to grades K-3 in 10 schools across the county.

Carroll County Farm Bureau, Virginia
A set of 30 hardcover books will be distributed to fifth-grade classes throughout the county, encouraging 291 students to develop agriculture literacy.

Chatham County Farm Bureau, Georgia
First-grade classrooms will receive outdoor coops to house a flock, building on earlier education about the chicken life cycle.

Claiborne Parish Farm Bureau, Louisiana
Expansion of interactive materials used at local schools. Books will be added to the agriculture literacy program, along with commodity production maps and misting kits for the students’ greenhouse.

Delaware Farm Bureau
Donating books vetted for agriculture accuracy and informational value to 20 schools across the state, to encourage over 10,000 students to think about where their food comes from. 

Doniphan County Farm Bureau, Kansas
Lesson plans in a bucket will be distributed to elementary schools throughout the county. The buckets will be used by teachers, FFA chapters and other agriculture ambassadors to teach about milk production.

Gratiot County Farm Bureau, Michigan
High school students and second-graders will come together over pizza during a series of monthly classroom activities focusing on agriculture.

Mercer County Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania
Brunch and dairy farm tour for the community. Interactive materials will be distributed to attendees to reinforce positive relationships between farmers and the public.

Plymouth County Farm Bureau, Iowa
Expansion of a greenhouse startup for two school districts will include an agriculture center servicing 50 high school students. Students will play vital roles in building the facilities.

Kari Barbic
AFBF Media Specialist
(202) 406-3672
Cyndie Shearing
Director, Internal Communications
(202) 406-3649

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