In an effort to ensure a robust future for the state's agriculture industry, Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Inc. has awarded 22 Florida teachers with grants totaling nearly $25,000 for the 2006-07 school year, according to a news release from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Classroom projects supported by these grants are expected to reach 6,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The projects incorporate agricultural concepts into science, history, language arts and math lessons, and include activities such as plant tissue culture propagation, hydroponics, and earth box gardening.
"It is essential that Florida teachers incorporate these agricultural concepts into their classrooms through an applied learning experience that Florida Ag in the Classroom makes possible," said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson. "Teachers that utilize the grant program are ensuring the future of the Florida agriculture industry by educating their students about the importance of the industry and the role it plays in providing them with food, fiber and other natural resources."
Florida Ag in the Classroom is a nonprofit organization that educates students and teachers about the importance of Florida agriculture by providing curricula, materials, grant money and other programs. For more information about Florida Ag in the Classroom, visit www.agtag.org.