The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced two On The Farm professional development events for educators in 2019. The events are designed for those who work in STEM and have a limited background in agriculture. Applications are now open at http://www.onthefarmstem.com.
“If you’re hungry for real-world connections and hands-on learning that will help you take your educational outreach to the next level, apply today to participate in an On The Farm professional development event,” said Christy Lilja, executive director of the Foundation. “On The Farm events provide tremendous learning opportunities for STEM coordinators, health educators, instructional coaches at school districts and teacher educators, as well as non-formal educators.”
The training was designed to bring science to life for participants with the help of beef farmers and ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians.
Selected participants will receive free registration, reimbursement of up to $650 for approved travel expenses and hotel accommodations for three nights and meals, in addition to educational supplies and resources. Continuing education units will be made available to attendees who complete the program.
2019 STEM Educator Events
Kansas City, Kansas
- May 1-3
Syracuse, New York
- May 21-23
- Applications Close: Feb. 1, 2019
- Applicants Notified: March 1, 2019
These events build on the success of national On The Farm education events facilitated by the Foundation over the past three years.
“This was the best professional development a teacher could ask for. It taught you information that you wish you could teach your students, and by attending this event you can!” said past participant Michael Nicholson, program specialist, Stanislaus County Office of Education, California.
Visit the On The Farm 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, 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 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.