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, 565 mini-grants have been awarded totaling $111,709. Grants carry a maximum stipend of $250 to assist educators in taking the message of agriculture into the classroom.
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.
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 $145,950 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.
In June and July 2015, 198 tournament golfers raised $23,345 for the Foundation for Agriculture. The Central Golf Classic Tournament took place June 8, 2015, and the Southeast Golf Classic was held on July 22, 2015. On July 18, 30 tractor drivers participated in the second annual Keep Missouri Farming Tractor Cruise. The Tractor Cruise raised $10,178 for the Foundation.
Other fundraising activities include a silent auction and pancake breakfast held at the Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting each December.