The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA), through its Ag. In the Classroom program, has awarded the North Dakota FFA Foundation (ND FFA Foundation) $30,000 to benefit North Dakota schools, FFA chapters, 4-H Chapters and/or businesses who present ideas, timelines and proposals highlighting how they can implement agriculture education and awareness into North Dakota classrooms.
The ND FFA Foundation will use their $30,000 from the NDDA and award mini-grants to fund proposals they receive which highlight realistic ideas that promote agricultural awareness to students (K-12) in North Dakota. The mini-grants will be awarded and dispersed over the next two years.
The NDDA’s Ag. In the Classroom program has been awarding funds for over ten years and has provided more than $130,000 to classrooms and schools across the state of North Dakota.
“This is an exciting grant to receive,” says Tamra Maddock, the Executive Director of the ND FFA Foundation. “This allows agriculture education to happen in area classrooms where it normally may not.”
Maddock explains, in the past, mini-grants have been used to purchase school garden supplies, elementary classroom education and engagement with local FFA and/or 4-H Chapters, food products, equipment, curriculum and supplies for agricultural activities. Students kindergarten through seniors in high school have benefitted.
“The mini-grants will fund hands-on activities that develop and enrich understanding of agriculture as the source of food and/or fiber in our society,” Maddock highlights. “Agriculture is North Dakota’s number one industry and it is important we expose our youth and classrooms to it. The future of our state lives with them.”
Individuals or groups such as teachers, 4-H leaders, commodity groups, businesses and others interested in teaching young people the importance of agriculture in North Dakota are encouraged to apply. The application can be found at bit.ly/2017ndffa and applications are due September 21, 2017.