DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa Farm Bureau program designed to teach children about agriculture is opening the process for teachers to apply for grant money.
The Teacher Supplement Grant program was established in 2003 and this year will award $200 to teachers in language arts and science who develop classroom programs that help students learn about agriculture.
Farm Bureau has awarded nearly $100,000 to teachers in the last three years of the grant program.
The organization says with one of six Iowa jobs related, indirectly or directly, to agriculture, there's a great need to bring creative agriculture education to Iowa's elementary students to help them understand how farming is part of their everyday lives.
Teachers are encouraged to incorporate lessons of food safety, seed genetics, and environmental practices in their current curriculum.