Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation offers two, $500 competitive Agricultural Literacy Classroom Grants to PreK-8 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and more. Sample projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, and aquaculture projects.
- Project objectives should enhance student knowledge of the contributions made by agriculture.
- Applications are welcome from schools and after-school programs.
- Grant recipients are required to submit an online final report by June 30, 2020.
- To feature grant recipients, Nebraska Farm Bureau will send a videographer to capture the project. Photos and/or videos of the project and signed copies of photo release forms of students appearing in photos and videos must be given to Nebraska Farm Bureau.
- Applications must be submitted by October 15th.
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- Because of food safety concerns, animal waste manure is not to be used on edible plants (fruits, vegetables, herbs) if a garden is a part of the project.
- Winners agree to use food safe handling guidelines for any compost used in a school garden that is part of this project to reduce the risk of plant and human disease-causing organisms. These organisms are killed when internal temperatures are maintained between 130-170 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of several days. Additional information about composting and national and state resources can be found on the US Composting website.