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.
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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?
What a great cause! I work for FB corporate and the IFB does some amazing things!ReplyDelete
I didn't know that! I agree, the Iowa Farm Bureau has some great programs, like Ag in the Classroom.Delete
Wow---that is another amazing cause this month! I love it. You do so much for so many in so many ways---I think it is amazing and what a difference you are making. Good for you!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for the kind words Beth Ann. And thank you for making Make-A-Wish your March cause!Delete
I was a city girl and now I live on a small farm. I am horrified at the loss of trees, the ugliness that goes on, the loss of caring for our planet. People give it lip service, but I think the farmers are the one who really care.ReplyDelete
If we don't care for our land, then we won't have any land left to farm. Farmers are the original "environmentalists".Delete
This is a new organization to me. Good luck on your comments!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
Great cause and a great organization that I am proud to be part of!ReplyDelete
I couldn't agree more!Delete
Another great cause! Ag in the classroom is a wonderful program. It exposes so many kids to agriculture and shows them that people that work in agriculture are "real" people.ReplyDelete
It is amazing how even in our rural communities the lack of agriculture understanding. Ag in the Classroom does a great job in both rural and urban schools.Delete
Ag in the Classroom is one of my favorite organizations! Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is a proud sponsor, and Enchanted Acres has been a beneficiary. Thanks to AITC materials, I'm now able to lead activities myself for the school groups that visit my pumpkin patch: http://www.thefieldposition.com/2012/10/students-have-a-field-day-in-the-pumpkin-patch/ReplyDelete
That is great! And what a great experience for you and the school groups at the pumpkin patch.Delete
Great cause, Val!ReplyDelete
Thanks - I think so too!Delete
The AITC program is phenomenal!ReplyDelete
It really is amazing and I think how the North Central Iowa group does it works great!Delete
Very cool! :)ReplyDelete
What a fabulous thing you are doing! Much luck to you!Delete
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