Nebraska Corn Board, Dupont Pioneer Cooperate On Ag Literacy

Grant funds part of program to use iPads; schools can apply to board.

Published on: Dec 10, 2012

The Nebraska Corn Board has received a $5,000 DuPont Pioneer grant toward iPad technology for agricultural literacy. In addition to this grant, the Nebraska Corn Board is matching the grant with an additional $5,000. 

"At DuPont Pioneer, we are dedicated to developing seed that will help provide the food, fuel and fiber demands of a rapidly growing global population.  What we also recognize is how important agricultural education is to inspire the next generation of ag leaders who will provide the solutions needed locally and across the globe," says Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer western business unit director.  "We are proud to support ag literacy efforts like these that will help create a healthier, safer world."

Mark Jagels, member of Nebraska Corn Board, uses iPad to connect with urban school in Texas.
Mark Jagels, member of Nebraska Corn Board, uses iPad to connect with urban school in Texas.

Mark Jagels of Davenport is a director on the Nebraska Corn Board. "For the past year, I have been an agriculture consultant from my farm, working with a classroom in an urban school in Texas using wireless technology," says Jagels. "We need more agriculture in the classroom and using technology such as the iPad is the easiest way to do this. Partnering with DuPont Pioneer to put more iPads into the school systems makes sense and we are able to reach many more school children."

Nebraska schools can apply to receive an iPad for their school or classroom through the Nebraska Corn Board.  The application process begins on Jan. 1 and ends Feb. 28. For more information on the project and how to apply visit the Nebraska Corn Board website at

Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees. Consideration for community outreach grants are given to communities where Pioneer representatives, employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.

The Nebraska Corn Board's market development, research, promotion and education programs are funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest at a rate of 1/2 of a cent per bushel of corn sold.