We are excited to launched the My American Farm Outreach Grant Program. This grant is for middle and high school students who are interested in using My American Farm resources to engage elementary school students in a conversation about why agriculture is important. Ten classrooms will be selected.
The resources found on My American Farm will provide middle and high school students with appropriate tools to share the messages that agriculture is everywhere, there are many careers in agriculture, and farmers feed the world, care for animals and are stewards of the land. The outreach events should utilize at least one My American Farm interactive game, one lesson plan and one video from the set of available resources. Classrooms also are encouraged to bring in a community/industry representative to share about how agriculture affects their everyday lives.
Last year we engaged with a few FFA chapters to pilot this idea. Here are the stories from the FFA presentations to elementary classrooms.
Upon completion of outreach events, selected classrooms will receive $1,500 to use for further agricultural literacy efforts. You can apply to be a school here.
We hope that these grants will not only encourage middle and high school students to learn leadership and presentations skills, but we hope to continue to spur conversations about agriculture in classrooms across the country.
The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit http://myamericanfarm.org/.