A program that encourages Iowa FFA Chapters to promote ag-related careers to non-FFA members is back for a second year.
It’s the FFA Planting a Seed program, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and the Iowa Food and Family Project in cooperation with the Iowa FFA Foundation.
Food and Family Project coordinator Aaron Putze says they encourage FFA chapters to come up with “bold and innovative programs that inspire the next generation of agriculturalists…to really bring youth closer to agriculture—to really see and, in a way, experience the many career opportunities and possibilities that are out there”.
Putze says FFA chapters can apply by December 7th for one of eight 15-hundred dollar grants to conduct activities that stimulate interest among K-12 students in agricultural careers, “whether it be through agricultural career fairs in their school or tours of area agricultural enterprises in their community…creating innovative and engaging activities that promote the fields of opportunity available in agriculture.”
Grant recipients will be announced in early January 2013 and will be recognized in April at the State FFA Leadership Conference in Ames.