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Farmers Can Help Local Schools Get Grants
Kansas Ag Connection - 01/20/2020

The 2020 Grow Rural Education program is giving Kansas farmers the opportunity to nominate local rural public schools for $15,000 grants designed to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Until April 1, farmers can nominate their school district by visiting www.Americasfarmers.com.

Grow Rural Education, sponsored by Bayer Fund, has awarded more than $18 million to more than 1,000 schools nationwide since the program began in 2011. In Kansas, more than $1 million has been awarded to schools across the state, thanks to the participation of local farmers.

Previous winners include an Iowa school district that converted an unused locker room into a Monarch butterfly incubator. And a Missouri high school used a Grow Rural Education grant to enhance its STEM classes by purchasing an aquaponics system that breeds fish and grows plants in an integrated environment.

After the school district receives a nomination, they will be notified and teachers are encouraged to submit a grant application describing their desired STEM project by April 15. A panel of math and science teachers reviews the applications and selects the finalists. The program's Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of approximately 30 farming leaders from across the country, will then select the winning school districts.

America's Farmers, sponsored by Bayer Fund, is focused on strengthening rural America through three community outreach programs that partner with farmers to make an impact in communities where farmers live and work. The programs have given more than $53 million to rural America since 2010 and include: America's Farmers Grow Communities supports rural communities by allowing farmers the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite local nonprofit organization; America's Farmers Grow Rural Education supports rural education by providing $15,000 merit-based grants to enhance STEM education; and America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders supports students pursuing ag-related studies by offering $1,500 scholarships towards higher education.

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