Cultivating Master Farmers Seeks Applicants

Kelly Marshall

Polish up that resume– the Cultivating Master Farmers (CMF) program is seeking Illinois applicants for the class of 2019. Approximately 10 young farmers (ages 21 to 35years old) will be selected to participate in the two-year program that features learning from expert farm and family members who have been there and done that. Now on its twelfth class, CMF offers …

Education, Events

New Scholarship Opportunity from GROWMARK

Kelly Marshall

GROWMARK is announcing a new scholarship program, according to Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist Karen Jones. “The GROWMARK Foundation was looking for ways to support education in agriculture for students. We decided a scholarship would be a great way to support students studying agriculture, those who become our future employees or future customers or members,” Jones says. Fifteen students will …

Audio, Education, Growmark

Chicago Ag HS Planting #Seeds for Future

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association Future Seed Executives (FuSE) had the opportunity to hear about an agricultural high school right in Chicago that is growing the next generation for the industry. The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) is located just about a half hour south of the Hyatt Regency where the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo is held …

ASTA, Audio, Education

GROWMARK Supports Pollinators in the Classroom

Cindy Zimmerman

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) programs are buzzing with an increased emphasis on pollinators, thanks to GROWMARK and its FS member cooperatives. At the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) annual meeting this week, GROWMARK Corporate Relations and Foundation Manager Amy Bradford announced new collaborative efforts focused on activities and education related to the importance of pollinators. “We place a high …

Audio, Education, Growmark, pollinators

BRANDT Sponsors Agriculture Scholarships

Kelly Marshall

BRANDT, retailer and manufacturer of specialty ag products, is sponsoring the first John & Carol Salmonson Scholarships for Excellence in Agriculture.  Two students at Cal Poly received $10,000 to study in agriculture fields.  Omar Alexander Gonzalez Benitez is majoring in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences and Kristen Fernandez is studying Environmental Plant Sciences. “Carol and I are thrilled to be …

Agribusiness, Education, Scholarship

Thanksgiving Lesson Connects Students to Food

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is offering pre-K through first grade teachers a Thanksgiving-themed activity.  “Thank an American Farmer or Rancher” explains where food comes and asks students to write, draw or create thank you letters and cards for America’s farmers. The lesson plan, a letter written by a farmer, suggested reading list, and class discussion ideas are …

AFBF, Ag Group, Education

DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Education

Kelly Marshall

Teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) are now eligible for grants, thanks to DuPont Pioneer and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).   The promised $175,000 will assist teachers with funding for training, equipment, materials and end-of-course online assessments CASE is a multi-year approach to teaching students about agriculture through hands-on, inquiry focused learning activities. …

Ag Group, Dupont Pioneer, Education

Soil Health Partnership Field Days Come to Close

Lizzy Schultz

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) field days are coming to an end for this growing season after the series hosted 40 different events in eight states throughout the summer. The events were mainly hosted by farmers enrolled in the program and had regular cooperation from local groups, and were held with the intention of spreading the word about cover crops, …

Ag Group, Conservation, Education, Events, Soil, Soil Health Partnership

AFBF Selects Teachers to Pilot Classroom Resource

Kelly Marshall

Four teachers will have the opportunity to pilot the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the International Food Information Council Foundation‘s new educational resources.  “Bringing Biotechnology to Life” is a set of free lessons that teach students about agriculture biotechnology and how it affects food production. The four educators are: Amy Dawson of Paragould, Arkansas; Ginger Reimer of Claremore, Oklahoma; …

AFBF, Ag Group, Education, technology