Farm Bureau offering up to $500 mini grants to teachers

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Scholarships also available to students

The last year has been one of difficulty and change.

Education has evolved through the pandemic. While some teachers, community members and farmers may not be allowed to physically be with students within the class rooms, the Missouri Farm Bureau has put together agriculture programs assisting teachers throughout the State of Missouri to reach out and make connections with their students.

The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation For Agriculture is offering two funding levels of competitive grants. Membership is not required.

These grants will assist with classroom activities, purchasing accurate agriculture resources, consumables needed to enhance learning or field trips when linked to documented learning activities before and after the field trips.

Individual mini grants up to $250 allows teachers to purchase materials and fund activities to share the message of agriculture in classrooms K-12.

Group mini grants up to $500 allows teachers at the same or multiple grade levels to involve all their students in a cooperative project. Applications for group funding must involve at least two classroom teachers.

Completed applications for the above mini grants must be returned by May 31.

Over the past few months, the Missouri Farm Bureau has put together for teachers a free video series called, From The Farm Virtual Field Trip on the Missouri Farm Bureau YouTube channel. Links to those videos are: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiVHA37A3Fs; www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQoczw-hXys and www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZJAVRVlWwc &t=71s.

Missouri Farm Bureau also offering two scholarships for Farm Bureau Members.

The Charles E. Kruse Scholarship encourages students to pursue degrees, and ultimately careers, in agriculture. The scholarship will provide financial support for one deserving student annually. Application Deadline is March 15.

The Vocational Scholarship offers four $500 scholarships to students pursuing appropriate certification in fields related to and supportive of agriculture. This includes heavy equipment operations, electronics welding, diesel and farm machinery repair. Students pursuing a four-year degree are not eligible. Application Deadline is March 31.

To find out more information about the above listed grants and scholarships, contact the Lawrence County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Programs Committee by calling the Lawrence County Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Programs Committee, Karla Deaver, at 417-466-3102, or David McCann Sr., at 417-684-3241.