The Maryland Agriculture Council Inc. presented $5,000.00 in agriculture education grants during its annual legislative Taste of Maryland Agriculture event, held at Michael’s Eighth Avenue. Eight organizations from across the state will benefit from these grants in the coming year.
The role of the Maryland Agriculture Council Inc. is one of public education outreach on the importance of agriculture. Various avenues enable the council to interact with the public on a year-round basis such as Ag Week events at various venues, websites, fairs, community shows and newsletters.
Putt Willett, chair of the Grants Committee, reported that out of 29 applicants, eight winners were selected.
Catoctin FFA Chapter- $500
This grant will be used to support an Agriculture day to teach second grade students about agriculture education, plant science, animal science and nature. FFA members will set up stations in the school barn and greenhouse teaching seven different lesson topics.
Frederick CTC FFA Chapter- $750
The grant will be used to create promotional materials for student ambassadors to use at elementary and middle school events. The money will also be used to develop an agriculture related after school program called "Make It Happen Monocacy."
Frederick County Farm Bureau- $675
The grant will help continue the project of placing a minimum of five hardback agriculture related books into elementary school media centers in Frederick County.