Agriculture and Land Stewardship grants improve agricultural awareness among youth
AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa 4-H Foundation awarded Montgomery and Wayne County ISU Extension offices Agriculture and Land Stewardship grants to help improve agricultural awareness among youth.
Heidi Bell, 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Wayne County, received a $3,500 grant to provide after-school programs for kindergarten though third grade focusing on agriculture. Agriculture 4 Kids will meet monthly in the Mormon Trail and Seymour school districts. This will be the first after-school program offered in these school districts.
Youth will learn about various aspects of agriculture including gardening, health and careers. They also will complete a service project during National Agriculture Awareness Month in March 2006.
"Although Wayne County youth live in a very rural community, some seem to lack an understanding of agriculture and where food comes from," Bell said.
Bill Drey, County Extension and Education Director for Montgomery County, received a $1,000 grant for summer agricultural day camps and workshops. Fourth to 12th graders will learn more about agriculture, animal science, biotechnology and value-added at these events. Grant money will be used to buy supplies and equipment for day camp and pay a portion of a summer staff person's salary.
"These grants are important because they assist counties with programs they would have a tough time offering otherwise," Drey said.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship provided $25,000 in funding for grants this year.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Bell, 4-H Youth Development, (641) 342-3316, email@example.com
Bill Drey, Cooperative Extension Field Specialist, (712) 623-2592, firstname.lastname@example.org