Foundation for Agriculture

 

The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture was established in 1996 to provide a dedicated funding source for a variety of agricultural education and leadership programs. The Foundation has grown each year since its inception and today has assets that exceed $1.7 million.
We want to extend our appreciation to everyone who has supported the MFB Foundation for Agriculture. With help from individuals and many business partners, the Foundation has contributed more than $310,000 to agricultural education and leadership programs.

Thanks to all those who have been so generous and encourage anyone interested in maintaining a strong and viable agriculture to consider a tax-deductible gift to the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

 

What We Do


AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM & MINI-GRANTS
The Foundation supports "Agriculture in the Classroom" by providing funding for mini-grants to teachers throughout the state. Since the start of the Foundation, 508 mini-grants have been awarded totaling $98,644. For the 2012-2013 school year, 28 grants were awarded. Grants carry a maximum stipend of $250 to assist educators in taking the message of agriculture into the classroom.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING
The Foundation for Agriculture has been instrumental in the development of agriculture's future leaders. Each year, the Foundation provides an outstanding speaker for the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. More than 500 young farmers and ranchers attend the conference each year. The Foundation also provides cash prizes for the winners of the State Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award and Discussion Meet.

The Foundation contributes additional incentives to the FFA Speech Contest at district and state levels, the Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) program, and Youth Exhibitors Day at the Missouri State Fair.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation provides $1,000 annually in scholarships to six state universities and colleges to assist students enrolled in agriculture programs. The scholarships are made at the following institutions:

Additionally, the following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • A total of $2,500 to the two students serving as the Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors and a total of $1,000 to four finalists in the Ambassador contest. Contact your county Farm Bureau to apply.
  • $2,000 in total for two students at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine planning to enter a mixed or large animal practice in Missouri.
  • $2,000 total for four Vo-Tech students at Missouri institutions pursuing an agricultural-related field. Our brochure explains more and includes an application. 

Since the start of Foundation, more than $93,000 has been awarded in scholarships. Other information on these and other scholarships can be found here.


COLLEGIATE FARM BUREAU

The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture assists six Missouri Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters. These students represent a bright future for agriculture. The chapters are located at: University of Missouri – Columbia, Northwest Missouri State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri State University (Springfield), Truman State University and University of Central Missouri.  The Foundation has contributed more than $67,000 in support of the Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters. Funds have been used for Collegiate Discussion Meet awards, local chapter events and trips to Washington, D. C.


FUNDRAISER EVENTS
In June and July 2012, 209 tournament golfers raised $23,543 for the Foundation for Agriculture. The Central Golf Classic Tournament took place June 13, 2012 and the Southeast Golf Classic was held on July 24, 2012.

The 4th Annual Team Roping was held again this year at Shelvin Rock Arena, south of Nixa.  With 256 teams, over $6,600 was raised for the Foundation.

Other fundraising activities include a silent auction and pancake breakfast held at the Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting each December.







Contributions or donations may be tax deductible. The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is a non-profit, charitable organization and has been determined as exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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