Box Butte Co. Farm Bureau gives Ag Literacy teacher stipends

Alliance, Neb. - Ag producers in Box Butte County want to encourage teachers, ag leaders and youth mentors to enroll in "Gearing Up for Ag Literacy" on Wednesday, April 17th and will sponsor travel scholarships for the Gering, Nebraska event.

"Teachers interested in learning how to add ag literacy to new and existing curriculums will gain ideas at the 90-minute workshop," said Mary Crawford, Box Butte County Farm Bureau president. "Box Butte County Farm Bureau will provide $25 travel scholarships to interested applicants."

Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom, the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation and A-FAN (Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska) are teaming up to host "Gearing Up for Ag Literacy" from 4-5:30 p.m. MT at the Legacy of the Plains Farm and Ranch Museum (FARM), 2930 Old Oregon Trail, Gering.

"Displays, classroom projects and agricultural literacy resources are designed to connect consumers and students to their sources of food, fiber and fuel," said Crawford. The popular "Ag in the Classroom" series has been used by several teachers in western Nebraska schools. "We want to grow the program and boost farm and ranch knowledge for students of all ages, including their parents and families."

Travel scholarship details are available from Crawford at (308) 631-5134 or e-mail by April 16th. Workshop registration details also are available from Deanna Karmazin (402) 421-4408 or

The event is open to anyone interested in agricultural literacy and ag promotion.

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