Two county Farm Bureaus receive ag literacy grants

Two Illinois county Farm Bureaus have each received $1,000 grants for agricultural literacy projects. Franklin County and McLean County are among 10 counties receiving the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture grants.

Franklin County Farm Bureau will use the grant for its Illinois Creation of traveling book barns for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. In addition to agriculture books, the barns will include accompanying lessons and activities to take learning further.

McLean County Farm Bureau plans to expand the reach of its Ag in the Classroom program with Breakout Boxes to incorporate hands-on learning about a variety of ag-related topics. FFA chapters, museums and teachers will also have access to the kits.

Criteria for selecting winners included the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.

The Foundation, through the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education, sponsors the scholarships and grants in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

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