Twenty-five schools were recently selected as grant recipients for the Agriculture in a Growing World program, which allows students and teachers to discuss agriculture production and its role in feeding a growing population.
The program is sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture with partnership from the Nutrients for Life Foundation.
Grant recipients will receive a class set of "The Man Who Fed the World," by Leon Hesser. This book brings to life the story of Norman Borlaug, a man who came from a one-room schoolhouse in Iowa and became one of the 100 most influential persons of the 20th Century. In Borlaug's eyes, fertilizer was a key component to staving off starvation, and Nutrients for Life carries this message forward on a daily basis.
Grant recipients will also receive an educator's guide with lesson plans.
"The Agriculture in a Growing World contest offers a great opportunity for classrooms all over the country to talk about modern agriculture and its role in feeding a growing population," said Nutrients for Life Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. "We are excited to partner with AFBFA and sponsor this insightful resource in high school classrooms."
An upcoming essay contest will also focus on a similar discussion.
The Agriculture in a Growing World Essay Contest is a national competition, open to 9th-12th grade students who have explored the book "The Man Who Fed the World." Any school, whether grant recipient or not, that has implemented this curriculum may enter the contest. The book, which comes with supporting educator resources, can be purchased at www.agfoundation.org.
Details regarding the essay contest are available online at http://bit.ly/MGUrRJ. Program deadline is April 1, 2013.
Grant recipients represent the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Questions about the grant program and essay contest can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.