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Wisconsin agriculture grant promotes agriculture literacy
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/21/2023

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation's Ag in the Classroom program has awarded $4,500 to schools and educators to support innovative core curriculum initiatives that incorporate agriculture.

The program provides grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, and educators to help them introduce students to the skills and jobs needed to produce food and fiber.

Educators and projects that have been awarded funding for Fall 2023 include:

• "A Sweet Treat: Ice Cream in the Classroom" - Tyler Foote, Vincent High School of Agricultural Sciences

• "What's Your Watershed Footprint?" - Kim Pokorny, School for Agricultural & Environmental Studies (SAGES)

• "Let It Rot! Investigating the impact of earth worms on soil health" - Tina Johnson, River Trail School of Agricultural Science

• "Aquaponics – Raising fish and plants in a closed environment." - David Zimmermann, River Trail School of Agricultural Science

• "The Community Farm" - Karen Weidner, OH Schultz Elementary

• "Read it, Eat it, Learn it!" - Keri Radtke, Mineral Point Elementary

• "Farm to Classroom-Embedded agriculture in high school culinary education" -Mollie Haubenschild, Waukesha West, South, North

• "Drones in Agriculture" - Nick Gagnon, Chippewa Falls High School

• "ESW FARM Exploring Job Options in Rural Wisconsin" - Cally Ehle, Easter Seals Wisconsin FARM Program

Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Beth Schaefer said that agriculture is one of Wisconsin's largest sectors, providing nearly one in nine jobs in the state. She added that the program is excited to support educators who work to grow student achievement while simultaneously introducing students to the skills and jobs needed to produce the food and fiber we rely on daily.

Applications for Spring 2023 Ag in ALL Classroom grants will be open in October. Visit to learn more.

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