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Farm Bureau Awards Mini-Grants to Educators

Crops in the Classroom!, Watch Us Grow!, Where Does Food Come From?, My Milk Comes from Where?, and Something to Buzz About! These reflect just a sampling of the exciting topics being funded through mini-grants from the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The units of study, activities, field trips, and quality resource materials being provided allow students to enhance their awareness of agriculture.

Missouri educators applied for funding to assist as they infuse agricultural messages into the classroom. This marks the thirteenth year for this competitive granting process through the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Educators may receive a maximum of $250 for classroom projects that enhance agricultural understanding.

Sixteen grants were awarded statewide for the 2010-2011 school year. "Educators are so creative and resourceful," said Diane S. Olson, Director of Promotion and Education Programs for the Missouri Farm Bureau. "This funding process allows them to enhance their classroom curriculum while adding agricultural messages. When the units are completed, students and educators have a greater appreciation for agriculture."

Sherry Jones, President of Livingston County Farm Bureau announced the recipients of mini-grants from Livingston County. Pictured are: Diane Olson, Promotion and Education Director for Missouri Farm Bureau and coordinator for the mini-grant program, Brenda Kerr, 1-2 grade teacher at Chula R-3 School, Kari Snyder, 1st grade teacher, and Nancy Noland, kindergarten teacher, both at Dewey School.

The Foundation provides support for programs that enhance the image of agriculture, strengthen agricultural understanding, and provide leadership development opportunities.

Mini-grant applications for the 2011-2012 school year are due May 31, 2011. For more information on mini-grants or educational programs through Farm Bureau, contact Livingston County Farm Bureau (660-646-6644) or Diane S. Olson, (573) 893-1414 or e-mail at

Mini-Grant Workshop

Livingston County Farm Bureau hosted a mini-grant workshop, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Litton Agriculture Education Center in Chillicothe. Teachers K-12 from throughout the county were invited to learn about the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Mini-Grant Program.

Teachers may apply to receive a maximum of $250 to assist in purchasing resources and materials that help promote a better understanding of agriculture. Today's students are often more than three generations removed from any hands-on experience in agriculture. Yet, all are impacted by the products agriculture provides including clothing, food, transportation, shelter, school supplies, medicinal items... and so much more.

Diane Olson, Missouri Farm Bureau's Director of Promotion and Education Programs, was on hand to answer questions and provide assistance to those in attendance.

Sherry Jones, Livingston County Farm Bureau President, commented that "Livingston County students have benefited from the mini-grant program for several years by teachers receiving funding. This allows the teachers to purchase materials, consumables and/or assist with field trips that help the students better understand the important role of agriculture."

Pictured: Diane Olson-Director of Promotion and Education for Missouri Farm Bureau

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