Now it is time to announce March's cause. During the month of March I will be donating $0.50 for every comment to the North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom! This 501(c)3 non-profit organization offers a variety of programs and lessons in six counties in North Iowa. I think this approach to offering agricultural education to students is unique and works. I look forward to helping their efforts through this month's Comments for a Cause.
Ag in the Classroom is a national program that is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and at the state level many state Farm Bureaus and Extension programs manage the programs. It was created in 1981 because those in agriculture, business, education and government saw a lack of understanding of agriculture. As more and more youth grow further removed from the farm, the need for agriculture education increases. In Iowa, Ag in the Classroom is managed by the Iowa Farm Bureau and individual county Farm Bureaus. In 1998, five North Central Iowa county Farm Bureaus got together to pool their materials and resources so the youth of North Iowa would be better served. In 2004 this group officially became a non-profit organization and hired two part-time employees. One of these staff members works on grant writing and finding sponsorships, and the other works on developing curriculum. Both of these staff members do in the classroom lessons and programs. The program was so successful, and the need for agriculture education continued to grow, that a third part-time employee joined the organization in 2006 and in 2008 an additional county was added to the service area.
|LP loves the chicken embryology program too!|
Classrooms that participate in this lesson learn actually have eggs
hatch in their classroom and learn about the embryology process
So be sure to Comment for a Cause this month to help out this great program that serviced over 9,000 students in 27 school districts in the 2012-2013 school year, which is only expected to grow this year!
Do you have an Ag in the Classroom program in your local school? Have you ever participated in it?