2017 On the Farm STEM Events Announced

Newsroom / November 1, 2016

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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (http://www.agfoundation.org/) has announced three On the Farm http://www.agfoundation.org/on-the-farm/upcoming STEM professional development events for 2017. The events are designed for those who train or coach STEM teachers.

"If you work as a STEM coordinator, coach at a school district or university or work in a leadership role, this may be a great fit for you," said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation. "On The Farm STEM events provide a tremendous learning opportunity for non-formal educators as well, such as those who design learning experiences at museums and events which explore the application of STEM concepts in real life," she added.

The training was designed to bring science to life for participants with the help of American beef cattle ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians. Selected participants will receive free registration, reimbursement of up to $1,000 for approved travel expenses, hotel accommodations for three nights and meals, in addition to educational supplies and resources.

2017 Event Details
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  • Los Angeles, California

               March 27-29, 2017
               Nov. 1, 2016 - Dec. 16, 2016
               Jan. 20, 2017
               Boston, Massachusetts

  • April 6-8, 2017

              Nov. 1, 2016 - Dec. 16, 2016
              Jan. 20, 2017
              Orlando, Florida

  • July 9-11, 2017

               Nov. 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017
               March 23, 2017

"We are excited to offer these professional development events at no cost to participants. Space is limited, so apply now!" Tesch said.

Visit the On The Farm http://www.agfoundation.org/on-the-farm/upcoming resources page on the Foundation's website to apply and for additional information to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education.

The Beef Checkoff Program funded development of the On The Farm training and supporting resources. The Beef Checkoff Program, MyBeefCheckoff.com http://www.mybeefcheckoff.com/ , was established as part of the 1985 farm bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. In states with qualified beef councils, states may retain up to 50 cents of the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

Cyndie Shearing
Director, Internal Communications
(202) 406-3649

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