New York Agriculture Education and Outreach Announces 2017 Grant Program for School-Based Agricultural Education Programs

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Cornell University’s Agriculture Education and Outreach program is excited to announce the 2017 “Agriculture Education Incentive Grant for New and Growing Programs.”  This program will provide local school-based agricultural education programs with grant awards to secure necessary resources for a high-quality agricultural education program.  These resources may include, but are not limited to: curriculum development, professional development, program development, resource acquisitions, and program coordination.

Shari Lighthall, Director of the Agriculture Education and Outreach program stated, “The procurement of these funds will allow our programs to improve the technology available in their classroom, to purchase equipment that would otherwise be too expensive, and to offer students additional opportunities to experience leadership workshops and conferences across the state.”

Applications will be accepted throughout the fall of 2017 and awards will be announced in January 2018.
For inquires and questions, interested schools should contact Kaylie Siddall, Grant Program Manager, at
ksiddall@cornell.edu .  The Agriculture Education Incentive Grant would not be possible without program supporters such as Cornell University, New York State Farm Bureau, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, and New York State Education Department.

Agriculture education is a unique part of career and technical education that strives to enhance student education through the three-circle model of agricultural education.  The three-circle model includes: Classroom Instruction, FFA, and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (work-based learning). Currently, there are 176 schools offering agricultural education programs to over 10,000 students across New York State.  In addition to schools that are already offering agriculture education programs, there are over sixty additional school districts hoping to start an agricultural education program.