Ag in the Classroom

Agriculture is an important part of everyone’s life. Clothing, food, fuel, housing, medicine, and much more are rooted in agriculture. Educators across the country are effectively integrating agriculture into the curriculum. Agriculture has no subject matter boundaries and can become a part of social studies, language arts, science, math, environmental education, art, music, or in a combination of areas that effectively integrate key agricultural principles. 


Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation For Agriculture is offering competitive mini-grants of up to $500 for use in Missouri classroom programs K-12 that promote agricultural literacy. The budget section of the application provides space for detailing the amount needed and how it will be utilized. A total of $7,500 is available for the 2018-2019 school year.

The program objectives should enhance student knowledge of the contribution made by agriculture. Innovative and inter-disciplinary programs will be encouraged. Field trips and assemblies must be linked to classroom learning objectives and must outline special pre- and post-event activities.

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges (educators and agricultural leaders). The criteria for selection will be based on the completeness of the application in each area:
• Strong agricultural message

• Alignment with teaching standards
• Method of assessment
• Quality of resources
• Explanation of budget

Complete the online application, or answer the questions on a separate page in the order listed, not to exceed the front of two pages. This allows you to use the computer and also dedicate space as needed for each section. Return postmarked by May 31, 2018, to the following address:


Missouri Farm Bureau, c/o Diane Olson, P.O. Box 658, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Application may be printed or filled out prior to printing but can not be electronically submitted. Please fax or mail to address indicated on the bottom of the application.

Notification of winning applications will be made by July 1, 2018.

One half the amount will be given upon approval and the remainder upon completion. Mini-grant winners will be required to submit a brief written summary at the conclusion of the program.

For additional information please contact Diane Olson at (573) 893-1414 (phone), e-mail the P&E Department, (573) 893-1793 (fax) or by postal mail.

The Mini-Grant Application Deadline for 2018-19 is May 31, 2018.
Once you fill out the form online, you may print and mail it, or save the form and e-mail the file.