Brown County receives soil education grant

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Brown County Farm Bureau has received a $500 mini-grant from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. The grants, which are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program, were provided to 30 county Farm Bureaus from across the nation.

Brown County will use the grant to support the Soils 2.0 program which will expand upon a previous program that provided interactive and hands-on earth science activities for classrooms.  Soils 2.0 will provide new curricula and activities to target early elementary and High School students and contain literary and social studies connections in addition to science.  The curricula and activities will interactively demonstrate to participants how soil is connected to many other aspects of their lives, including food and clothing. It will also highlight the vital agricultural practices required to produce food and fiber.  The project will align with Ohio’s academic standards.

The program is expected to reach 50 teachers and 800 students in its first year, but materials can be used by educators for years to come.

“This project is especially significant given the current environment of limited resources for new classroom materials in many schools,” said Judy Roush, OFBF education specialist.

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