A growing number of students today are graduating from high school with little to no exposure to the importance of education related to how our food is grown and raised. Filling the agriculture curriculum gap that currently exists can go a long way toward inspiring today’s high school students to embrace the possibilities in this critical field that helps to sustain such a vital sector of our national economy. That is why a main tenant of the Foundation’s mission is to educate and interact with young adults and to help heighten their interest and understanding of food production.
The Need For an Agricultural Curriculum
The Foundation’s educational outreach efforts include developing and providing sustainability research and sustainability production practices to classrooms. By building strong partnerships with key educators and leading classroom curriculum organizations, our efforts are making a discernable impact with thousands of students around the country.
The Foundation supports this through funding educational events and projects such as STEM/STEAM-related teacher conferences, classroom activities and more.
In 2015, Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance launched an all-new, educational initiative that was designed to provide high school students a first-hand glimpse into modern agriculture. Discovering Farmland offers interactive resources that allow teachers and students to experience the industry through the eyes of six young farmers and ranchers, all while learning about food production’s connection to science, economics, technology and sustainability.
The Foundation supports this initiative by funding updated Interactive Lesson Plans, Digital Exploration, and 360 videos for educators to use in their classrooms.
Bob Stallman Scholarship
Bob Stallman started his agricultural career back in 1975 on his family farm in Columbus, TX after graduating with honors in 1974 from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally a rice and cattle producer on his family farm, he became the 11th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation’s largest and most influential general farm organization. Over the years, he has served on numerous boards. He was the founding Chairman of the Board for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
In recognition of Bob Stallman’s devotion and leadership to U.S. agriculture, the Foundation established the Bob Stallman Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to support urban area youth who attend a College of Agriculture in a Land Grant University for the purpose of pursuing a career in agriculture.
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